Author details

Ian Nimmo White


Ian Nimmo White is a poet and novelist. He is the author of 'Of Love and Sanity', the story of a triumph of the human spirit over unimaginable suffering, written as fiction but largely based on the life of James Glanville Lewis, a remarkable man who, as a Chindit, fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in Burma in 1943. The novel is available online from Amazon Books.

As a poet, Ian writes in English and Scots and has been well published in literary magazines throughout the UK and as far afield as Canada and Australia. From 1998 to 2003 he was editor of Fife Lines, a magazine profiling the work of established Scottish poets alongside the work of high school pupils. He has organised special events for poetry and song at St.Andrews, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy in Fife which have featured some of our country’s finest poets and musicians in the languages of English, Scots and Gaelic.

He is a past Chairman of Fife Bookfest and past Vice-chairman of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust, where he played the major role in the campaign to erect, on both sides of the Tay, memorials to the victims of the tragedy. Six lines of his poetry are engraved on the stones beside the names of the victims.

About writer's work

‘Having been a youth and community officer all my working life (recently retired) I enjoy writing poems about people and their lives – their hopes, their realities, experiences good and bad, their strengths and weaknesses, and so on. And I try to write them with warmth, humour and compassion, above all with compassion. I like to perform to audiences, particularly in Scots which allows me to be mischievous and get them going. I guess it’s a natural born sort of thing’.

Websites featuring the author


Current events and projects

Mainly enjoy tutoring school pupils over 8 years in the reading, understanding and writing of poetry, also, reciting to adult audiences.

Other work

Memory and Imagination (Edinburgh School of Poets 1998, ISBN 1-902099-079) A pamphlet collection of poems featuring images of wild life, the environment and people. Standing Back (Petrel Publications 2000, ISBN 0-9538445-0-1) A book collection of poetry containing themes which reflect on the passing of time from childhood through adolescence to parenthood and middle age, charting the various relationships experienced along the way and the consequent changes which take place in attitude and outlook. There are also a few poems on animals and their fascinating behaviour. Symmetry (Trafford Publishing, Victoria in Canada, 2007, ISBN 978-1-4251-2929-3) A book collection of English and Scots poems previously published between 1996 and 2007. The Scots poems, written in a conversational style, are commentaries on Scottish life – relationships between men and women, football, working life, and the political map of modern 21st century Scotland. The English poems are wide ranging in theme. They include travel, family life, and preparing for retirement.

The main body of my work in Scots poetry appears in Lallans, book numbers 55 (1999) 58 (2001), 60 (2002), 68 & 69 (2006) and the current one soon to come out 71.
English poems appear in, among others magazines Chapman 105 (2005?), Cutting Teeth, volume 02 issue 01 (2004), New Writing Scotland 25 (2007) and Glasgow Herald (August 2006) There are also a fair number of poems which appear in English magazines e.g. Envoi, Iota, Pennine Ink.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Midlothian, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Performance Poet, Poet, Writer


English, Scots

Books written

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Of Love and Sanity

Author(s): Ian Nimmo White
Illustrated by Heige Foo of Malaysia. A fiction based on the true life of a former Chindit who fought the Japanese in Burma in 1943.