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 authorwww.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.)
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.