Author details

Hugh Bryden


Born in Dumfries, I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1972 and was an art teacher and Staff Tutor in Art and Design with Dumfries and Galloway education department for 30 years. I have for many years collaborated with writers as an illustrator and designer, forming Cacafuego Press with Tom Pow in 1999 and my own imprint Roncadora Press in 2005.  Since 2005 I have worked full-time as an illustrator, publisher and facilitator. I still live in Dumfries.

About writer's work

For the last ten years, poetry pamphlets and artists books have been my main focus, working as illustrator and designer with a number of scottish poets. During this period Roncadora Press was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award at the British Library in both the Poetry and Publisher categories and was winner and runner -up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award at the National Library of Scotland.

I continue to exhibit widely as a printmaker and write poetry and flash fiction. I have had poems published in Lallans, The Eildon Tree and Markings.

I have also worked for other publishers (Luath and Flambard) providing illustrations and cover designs.

Roncadora has published a graphic novel written by Hugh McMillan and illustrated by me.


Websites featuring the author


Current events and projects

For a number of years I taught weekly workshops for Primary classes in Gracefield Arts Centre.

I have also conducted bookarts workshops for Secondary pupils and for adults. I have worked  on book projects with Printmaking graduates here and in New York.

I can provide tailored book structure workshops for writers and writers groups and have taught these at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and the Imprint Festival in Kilmarnock as well as numerous writers groups.

I am happy to work with all ages, have a lot of experience of collaborative workshops with writers and have been involved in many cross-curricular arts activities and schools projects.

Other work

I was one of the twelve Dumfries and Galloway writers included in Chuckies from the Cairn 2009, published by Luath with my illustrations.


Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Illustrator, Poet


English, Scots

Books written

Lost at Sea

Author(s): Hugh Bryden
Poems by Jean Atkin, set in Shetland with a sea theme incorporated in a concertina collage by Hugh Bryden which folds out to be a four metre long banner. Shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial

Devorgilla's Bridge

Author(s): Hugh Bryden
A folded concertina book with a poem by Hugh McMillan handcut in linocut and illustrated verso by Hugh Bryden on a theme of Devorgilla’s Bridge Dumfries. Shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award 201


Author(s): Hugh Bryden
A cut and folded A3 sheet of card incorporating eight poems by Hugh McMillan on a stones theme and a drawing of a cairn by Hugh Bryden. Folds down into a black envelope.

1957 Flying Scot

Author(s): Hugh Bryden, Rab Wilson
A sonnet redouble by Rab Wilson illustrated with linocuts by Hugh Bryden and accompanied by a suite of 15 musical compositions by Ben Bryden all on the theme of a classic Scottish bicycle.