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Anent Hamish Henderson edited by EBERHARD (Paddy) BORT


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Anent Hamish Henderson – Essays, Poems, Interviews brings together more than twenty contributions ranging from fond memory to critical inquiry anent the late Hamish Henderson, Scotland’s leading folklorist of the twentieth century, remarkable poet and songwriter, and political activist.

Scotland’s living tradition would have been very much poorer today were it not for Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) and his integration of folklore, literature, philosophy and politics.’

Margaret Bennett

‘A great favourite of mine was Hamish Henderson, he’s in the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, he’s a professor. Hamish, I met him many years ago, he’s a grand chap to know – very, very clever chap Hamish, right enough.’

Daisy Chapman

This is the fourth collection relating to the life and work of Hamish Henderson edited by Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort, who works in the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh and chairs Edinburgh Folk Club and its annual Carrying Stream Festival in honour and celebration of Hamish Henderson. The other volumes are Borne on the Carrying Stream: The Legacy of Hamish Henderson (2010), ‘Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival (2011) and At Hame wi’ Freedom: Essays on Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival (2012) – all published by Grace Note Publications.

Contributors: Keith Armstrong, Margaret Bennett, Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort, Ray Burnett, David Daiches, Lesley Duncan, Archie Fisher, Howard Glasser, George Gunn, William Hershaw, Tom Hubbard, John Lucas, Richie McCaffery, Geordie McIntyre, Dolina Maclennan, Allan McMillan, Alison McMorland, Ewan McVicar, Andrew Means, Donald Meek, Jan Miller, Timothy Neat, Colin Nicholson, Mario Relich, Jennie Renton, Donald Smith and Sheena Wellington




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Eberhard Bort: Anent Hamish Henderson – Introduction 

I Essays

(i) Reminiscences

Sheena Wellington: Hamish Henderson – Inspiration

Dolina Maclennan: Hamish Henderson – Ma Big Pal

(ii) Poetry

Lesley Duncan: Charles Hamilton Sorley and Hamish Henderson – Two Voices from the Battlefield

John Lucas: No Gods and Precious Few Heroes

Richie McCaffery: 'Mak siccar' – A Reading and Critical Commentary of Hamish Henderson's Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica

(iii) Folk-Song

Ewan McVicar: I Heard Scotland Singing

Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre: In Tune with the 'Underground of Songs'

Raymond Ross: Visions and Voices: The Flyting of Hamish Henderson and Hugh MacDiarmid

Margaret Bennett: Hamish Henderson and Martyn Bennett – Conversations and Collaborations

(iv) Culture and Politics

Eberhard Bort: 'The Shamrock and the Thistle' – Hamish Henderson's Ireland

Ray Burnett: Viva la Gillie More – Hamish Henderson, Gramsci and Subaltern Scotland

Eberhard Bort: Hamish and Madiba – Hamish Henderson, Nelson Mandela, and the Fight against Apartheid in South Africa

II Poems

Mario Relich: Interrogations 

David Daiches: Alang wi' Hamish 

Donald Smith: Man and Boy

Donald Meek: Seumas MacEanraig

George Gunn: The Bones of Scotland

William Hershaw: Abhainn

Keith Armstrong Stella of Rose Street & The Divided Self

III Interviews

Geordie McIntyre: Risurgimento! – An Interview with Hamish Henderson 

Andrew Means: Scottish Studies – A Melody Maker Interview with Hamish Henderson 

Jennie Renton: ‘Opening Up the Lore of the Travelling People' – A Textualities Interview with Hamish Henderson 

 Colin Nicholson: ‘For Our Own and the Others' – Hamish Henderson

 Archie Fisher: ‘Ceilidh is an Excellent Word' – A Travelling Folk Interview with Hamish Henderson

 Margaret Bennett: Howard Glasser and Hamish Henderson: Creative Collaboration and kinship




 Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort (editor):

works in the Academy of Government at he University of Edinburgh and chairs Edinburgh Folk Club and the Carrying Stream Festival. His most recent publications are View from Zollernblick: Regional Perspectives in Europe (Grace Note Publications, 2013) and The Annals of the Parish: A Decade of Devolution 2004-2014 (Grace Note Publications, 2014).

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Cultural connections/Poetry/ Hamish Henderson
Grace Note Publications

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