Andrew Greig

Scope and Content

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of Andrew Greig.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Greig is one of the leading Scottish writers of his generation. He has published eight collections of poetry, most of these with Bloodaxe, including The Order of the Day (Poetry Book Society Choice, 1990), This Life, This Life: New & Selected Poems 1970-2006 (2006), and As Though We Were Flying (2011), which was shortlisted in the poetry section of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards in 2012. His most recent poetry titles are Getting Higher: the complete mountain poems (Polygon, 2011) and Found at Sea (Polygon, 2013).

Known as ‘the poet laureate of climbing’, he publishes his collected poems of mountain adventures real and metaphorical as Getting Higher with Birlinn in 2011. Two books on his Himalayan expeditions have become classics in their field, as have Preferred Lies (a meditation on golf, self-recovery, Scotland) and At the Loch of the Green Corrie (fishing for Norman MacCaig, catching much else besides). His seven novels include That Summer (Faber, 2000), The Return of John Macnab (Headline, 1996) and its late sequel Romanno Bridge (Quercus, 2008), In Another Light (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), which was Saltire Scottish Book of the Year, and most recently, Fair Helen (Quercus, 2013). He lives in Edinburgh and Orkney with his wife, novelist Lesley Glaister.

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Other archival material for Andrew Greig is held at the National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections.