Hamish Whyte

Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has published several collections of poetry and edited many anthologies of Scottish literature and runs the prestigious Mariscat Press. He has worked as a librarian and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.

On Window on the Garden

“Impossible to describe, like Joni Mitchell and James Joyce deciding to rewrite Thomson’s The Seasons in the style of Sappho.”
– James Wood, Scotland on Sunday

On A Bird in the Hand

“[The] collection contains a number of poems so pellucid they don’t call for explication. His subjects are, for the most part, homely: his father, his son taking photographs, a woman reading tea leaves… a much-missed cat, that sort of thing. There’s nothing portentous or pretentious about him. His poem ‘Otis’, about that cat, is the best I’ve read on the subject since Hardy’s.”
– Robert Nye, Scotsman

“an attractive and diverting collection”
– Ian Caws, South

Books by Shoestring Press:

The Unswung Axe

Take 5 – 2007

A Bird in the Handread a review here