Scottish Cats

An Anthology of Scottish Cat Poems

Edited by Hamish Whyte

Illustrator: James Hutcheson

Format: Multiple Formats

Featuring the work of J.K. Annand, George Bruce, Valerie Gillies, Kathleen Jamie, Maurice Lindsay, George Macbeth, Brian McCabe, Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan, Tom Pow, Iain Crichton Smith, Allan Ramsay. There are also a number of traditional poems and nursery rhymes and charming line illustrations by James Hutcheson.

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Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Cats have always had a special appeal to poets - they exhibit so many human attributes, not least that characteristic Scottish trait, thrawnness. According to legend, the Scots were the first northern people to keep cats (Fergus I of Scotland is said to have brought one from Portugal in the fourth century BC), and Scots have taken cats to their hearts ever since. This anthology of over 60 poems explores the relationship between people and felines from Henryson's 15th-century account of 'Gib Hunter, our Jolie Cat' , through 18th century Aesopian tales,19th-century cat-and-mouse tussles to more modern depictions of this domestic yet mysterious animal by poets such as Alastair Reid, who explore the ambivalent side of 'the tiger who eats from the hand'.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 19 Nov 2013
SKU 9781780271392-grouped
Number of Pages 112

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'[A] must for all cat-lovers ... Beautifully designed and scampering along from Robert Henryson to Diana Hendry here's a tumbling litter of truly enjoyable poems' - Ron Butlin, Scotsman 'If you admit to sharing this folly, to regarding your ball of hair, claw and tooth as the cat's pyjamas, then you will enjoy Scottish Cats: an Anthology, edited by Hamish Whyte' - TLS

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