Author details

Timothy Neat

Biography

Timothy Neat is a writer and film maker who, after sixteen years as a lecturer in the History of Art at Duncan at Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, gave up teaching (in 1988) to work in the independent sector. Brought up in Cornwall, he has lived all his adult life Scotland - supplementing his literary income with work as a migratory beekeeper, wild mushroom hunter and salmon netter.

About writer's work

All Neat’s published books have a documentary base. They deal largely with Scottish subjects -people, poetry, art, music and folk culture and Highland life. His books have a strong visual component (photographs): his films have a strong literary and musical emphasis. He writes poetry, takes photographs, and draws. Close friendships with Hamish Henderson, John Berger, Sorley MacLean and Ian Hamilton Finlay have strongly influenced his ideas and work.

Websites featuring the author

www.birlinn.co.uk

Current events and projects

Neat is available to do live readings, residencies, workshops – show films, lectures etc. As an experienced teacher and platform speaker he will be happy to join in almost any form of ‘public presentation’. (Since 2010 Neat has worked closely with Hispanic Arts Scotland, an organisation that presents an annual Autumn Festival in Edinburgh. An exhibition of Neat’s photographs, taken in Andalucia in 1963, is presently displayed at Iggs Restaurant, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh.)

Other work

Neat’s films have won major prizes – including Best Documentary at the Celtic International Film and Television Festival, Inverness, 1987, and the Europa Prize, Barcelona, 1989. His films include: 'The Summer Walkers', 1976, (Travelling People and Pearl Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland); ‘Tig! For the Morn’s the Fair Day’, 1979, (Langholm Common Riding); ‘Hallaig – the poetry and Landscape of Sorley MacLean’, 1984 (Pascoe Macfarlane Award etc.), ‘The Tree of liberty – the Songs of Robert Burns sung by Jean Redpath, Researched and Arranged by Serge Hovey’; 1986 (Best Documentary Celtic International Film and Television Festival, 1987), ‘Time is a Country – the Friends and Memories of Margaret Gardiner’, 1988; ‘Play Me Something’,1989, (feature, with John Berger, Hamish Henderson, Tilda Swinton, Liz Lochhead - Best Film, Festival de Cinema de Barcelona, 1989); ‘Journey to a Kingdom – Hamish Henderson returns to the North east of Scotland’, 1992; ‘Walk Me Home’ (feature, with John Berger, Angela Winkler, Vadim Yussof , 1993; ‘Rathad nan Ceard’ (The Tinker Roads’), an STV documentary in Scottish Gaelic with Norman Maclean, Hamish Henderson and Essie Stewart, 1994.

Email

timothyneat@homecall.co.uk

Local authority where they are based

Fife

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

Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Part Seen, Part Imagined

Author(s): Timothy Neat
Part Seen, Part Imagined - Meaning and Symbolism in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Hamish Henderson

Author(s): Timothy Neat
Hamish Henderson – A Biography – (Volume I – The Making of the Poet)

Closing the Circle

Author(s): Timothy Neat
Closing the Circle – Thomas Howarth, Mackintosh and the Modern Movement

The Horseman’s Word

Author(s): Timothy Neat
The Horseman’s Word – Blacksmith and Horsemanship in C20th Scotland.

When I was Young – Voices from Lost Communities in Scotland, Vol. II

Author(s): Timothy Neat
When I was Young – Voices from Lost Communities in Scotland, Vol. II - Highlands and East Coast

When I was Young – Voices from Lost Communities in Scotland, Vol. I

Author(s): Timothy Neat
When I was Young – Voices from Lost Communities in Scotland, Vol.  I - The Islands

The Voice of the Bard

Author(s): Timothy Neat
The Voice of the Bard – Living Voices and Ancient Tradition in the Highlands of Scotland

The Summer Walkers

Author(s): Timothy Neat
The Summer Walkers – Travelling people and Pearl Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland

Hamish Henderson – A Biography

Author(s): Timothy Neat
Hamish Henderson – A Biography – (Volume I – The Making of the Poet)