Author details

Stuart McHardy


Born in Dundee, graduated MA Hons History Edinburgh University 1970. After many years as a musician I have been working as a freelance writer and broadcaster since the 1980s. Director of Scots Language Resource Centre 1993-98, ex-President Pictish Arts Society. Currently combine writing with storytelling, lecturing and music. I lecture on Scottish history, folklore and literature for University of Edinburgh’s Office of Lifelong Learning and work extensively in schools as both a writer and a storyteller, currently presenting SCOTSFEST throughout Scotland. Have had poetry– mainly in Scots - published and broadcast since 1970s.

About writer's work

Much of my work focuses on the culture of my native Scotland whether writing, storytelling or lecturing. Deep interest in Scottish history and prehistory in relationship to the rest of the world.

SCOTSFEST is a celebration of Scottish culture for schools, using a cross-curricular approach that is based on the Curriculum for Excellence. The providers of SCOTSFEST have considerable experience in delivering a range of successful cultural projects in settings all around Scotland. Their primary focus is on the fields of Scots culture, history and social life, but with relevance through story-telling and making to other areas of the curriculum. Drawing on the breadth of Scottish history and culture and strongly emphasising the Scots language,

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Current events and projects

Available to do readings, talks on Scottish history and folklore, storytelling and/or singing performances. Considerable experience in creative writing and storytelling workshops.

Other work

2000 The Edinburgh and Leith Pub Guide Luath Press 2001 Scots Poems to be read aloud (Editor) Luath Press A collection of works in Scots suitable for schools and the general public Poetry Scots Poetry published in Lallans, Chapman, Words 5, Lines, Radical Scotland, Inner Keltia, Nature First (RSPB/Shell Environment pack for schools). Broadcast on Poetry Now, The Poem in Question, BBC Scotland Scots Week 1996, McGregor’s Gathering. Took part in Poethon 91. Articles Have had many articles in a variety of Scottish, British and European magazines/newspapers on such subjects as politics, language, culture, history, the environment; The Guardian, Independent, Irish Times, Europe De Les Nacions etc.Series of articles in Scots for Glasgow Herald, Perthshire Advertise. Further articles of an academic nature in books/publications - Stones, Symbols and Stories, PAS 1994. A Week in Europe, University of Wales Press 1995; The worm, the germ and the thorn, Pinkfoot Press, Forfar 1997. The Scots language; its place in education, Northern College, Aberdeen 1998. Other academic articles in the field of folklore/mythology pending. Broadcasts: radio In 1984 I began broadcasting a series of pieces on BBC Radio Scotland's McGregor's Gathering entitled Legends and Landmarks till 1991. I have written and presented many other magazine pieces on Radio Scotland, Radio 3 etc. and wrote and presented a 30 minute programme Animals in Stone on Pictish Symbol Stones(1993) and a series of 4/15 minute programmes The People and the Trees (1994) Featured on local Melbourne and National Australian Radio stations June/July 1996. I continue to appear on a range of Radio Scotland programmes talking on language, folklore, history etc. For many years I have been actively involved in community radio appearing on a range of stations. Appeared on USA National Public Radio February 1997 discussing the rise of Ebonics - the study of Black language forms. Broadcasts: television Have appeared dealing with Scots language on BBC Scotland, Grampian Television, Scottish Television, Edinburgh Live TV, BBC Digital. Appeared in CNN documentary on Tattooing broadcast in late June 1998. Wrote and appeared in 1997 Scots langugae video Whose Language is it Anyway? and contribute pieces on Scots for the Scottish Video Journal.


Local authority where they are based


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

Age groups

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

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Storyteller, Writer


English, Scots

Books written

Speakin o Dundee

Speakin o Dundee

Author(s): Stuart McHardy
A collection of tales, told in Scots, that have been, and continue to be, either told in, or about Dundee.
The Battle of Prestonpans

The Battle of Prestonpans

Author(s): Stuart McHardy
A simple exposition of the battle for The Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust.
A New History of the Picts

A New History of the Picts

Author(s): Stuart McHardy
An overlook of Pictish history emphasising the link with earlier and later society and focussing on the central role of tribal structures throughout.
Tales of Whisky

Tales of Whisky

Author(s): Stuart McHardy
Humorous and sometimes tragic tales of Scotland's ongoing love affair with 'the cratur'.