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Hamish Henderson Vol. 2
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Publication Date
01 November 2009
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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3 x 8pp b/w plates

Hamish Henderson Vol. 2

Poetry Becomes People (1952 - 2002)
by Timothy Neat - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'Not only a biography but a valuable addition to our cultural heritage' — Paul Henderson Scott, The Herald

'Neat's book is an invaluable resource and likely to remain the definitive "life" for the foreseeable future' — Scotland on Sunday

'A great biography. Read it and be staggered at just what one man could achieve in a single lifetime.' — English Dance and Song Magazine

Shortlisted for the 2010 Saltire Scottish Book of the Year

Hamish Henderson lived one of the great lives of twentieth-century Scotland, a dramatic life of epic European scale, a life of major artistic, political and spiritual achievement. Well-known as a songwriter, a poet and a pioneer in the field of Scottish folksong, Henderson was also a highly original translator of poetry — from Gaelic, French, German, Latin and Greek — much of it into Scots. He also translated the work of the Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci, whose Prison Letters he published in English in 1974.

Born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, in 1919, Hamish Henderson spent his early years in Glenshee before moving to Ireland and then Devon. He won a scholarship to Dulwich College and went on to study Modern Languages at Cambridge. During the Second World War he served in North Africa and Italy with the 51st Highland Division. He died in March 2002. This book, based on first-hand interviews with those who knew Henderson both personally and professionally, is a major study of this charismatic and fascinating man, and presents both a detailed biography and an assessment of his place in the context of the twentieth century.

Timothy Neat is a writer, film-maker, art historian and countryman. His book The Summer Walkers was awarded the Jena Michaelis Ratcliffe Folklore Award in 1996. He lives in Fife.

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