Photographs of Scottish writers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of 6 boxes of photographs (15in. x 12in.) of Scottish writers, mostly noted as either Edinburgh or Glasgow, and dated between 1968 and 1979. The photographs include those of: Helen B. Cruickshank, Hugh MacDiarmid, Norman MacCaig, Liz Lochhead, Billy Connolly, George Mackay Brown, Hamish Henderson, and William McIlvanney.

Administrative / Biographical History

The photographs were the work of publisher and photographer Gordon Wright. He had worked on photographs and lay-out for the nationalist literary magazine  Catalyst and his first publication was a pamphlet by the Scottish poet, Willie Neill. He was also responsible for  Four points of a Saltire, a book of poems by Sorley Maclean, George Campbell Hay, William Neill and Stuart McGregor, and a book of Liz Lochhead's poems  Memo for Spring. Wright was said to own the largest collection of photographs of Hugh MacDiarmid.

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Note

The biographical/adminstrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) undated newspaper cutting from The Scotsman, in section Home News, Profile on Saturday. p.5., possibly in early-1989. One-man band who stands up to the big stores.

Other Finding Aids

Printed list exists.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.