Author details

Tom Hubbard


Dr Tom Hubbard is a novelist and poet writing in Scots and English; his first novel, Marie B., was published in 2008. He is also a literary scholar and bibliographer who has taught at a range of universities and art colleges in France, Hungary, the USA and Scotland. Born in Kirkcaldy, he was educated at Aberdeen and Strathclyde Universities and went on to become the first Librarian of the Scottish Poetry Library (1984-92). In 2006 he was Visiting Professor in Scottish Literature and Culture at the University of Budapest, and subsequently worked on a bibliography of Irish literary criticism at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. For much of the past sixteen years he has been a ‘wandering Scot’; having now made his homecoming to his native Fife, he is more available for literary events Scotside. He is an Honorary Fellow of Glasgow University, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (FCLIP). As an internationally-minded Scot, he aims to be both cosmopolitan and parochial, rather than North-Britishly provincial. His publications in 2008, in this regard, are perhaps of significance: his novel, Marie B., is based on the life and work of the late nineteenth-century Ukrainian-French artist Marie Bashkirtseff, and he has co-edited, with the late Duncan Glen, Fringe of Gold: The Fife Anthology. For further information on the novel Marie B. , together with extracts from reviews, please visit the publisher’s website at

Current events and projects

Readings from own work, especially from Marie B. Talks on Scottish, Irish, European and American literatures and arts. Dealing Scottishly with non-Scottish themes. The contemporary Scottish novel, as a practitioner. Literature in the Scots language. The literature of Fife. Translation of European (especially Hungarian) poetry into Scots is a speciality. Creative writing workshops (experience of running these in America).

Other work

Seeking Mr Hyde, Peter Lang, 1995. A study of Robert Louis Stevenson. The Integrative Vision, Akros, 1997. On Baudelaire, Rilke, MacDiarmid and their relationships with the visual arts. Scottish Faust: Poems and Ballads of Eldritch Lore, Kettillonia, 2004. Michael Scot: Myth and Polymath, Akros, 2006. On the medieval Scottish genius who was famous throughout Europe. Scotland in Europe, Rodopi, 2006. Collection of essays by various scholars, co-edited with R.D.S. Jack. Peacocks and Squirrels: Poems of Fife, Akros, 2007. My most recent collection of poetry in English and Scots. Border Crossings: Twelve Contemporary Writers from Scotland, Scottish PEN, 2007. As editor; CD anthology of work by the writers. Skót bárdok, magyar költok, Rácio Kiadó, 2006. Anthology of Scottish poetry translated into Hungarian, co-edited with Zsuzsanna Varga. Fringe of Gold: The Fife Anthology, Mercat / Birlinn, 2008. Co-edited with Duncan Glen. Marie B., The Ravenscraig Press, 2008.

Contact details


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Perth and Kinross

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer


English, Scots