Hamish Henderson: Poet and War Hero

Tuesday 19 November | 19:30-21:30

Edinburgh Spoken Word / Performance Poetry / Slam

Free (ticketed)

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07516 997 000

Timothy Neat's two-volume biography of Hamish Henderson was published in 2007/09. It concluded a 35-year friendship during which the two men collaborated on numerous projects involving the Highland Travelling People, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, the films Play Me Something (Europa Prize 1989) and The Tree of Liberty ('Burns', sung by Jean Redpath: Celtic Festival winner 1987).

Hamish was born on 11 November 1919. To celebrate his centenary, Tim will focus on Henderson's wartime career and poetry and songs produced at that time. Hamish was an Intelligence Officer with the 51st Highland Division, in North Africa and Sicily. In Italy, with the Eighth Army, he fought with the Italian partisans, and took the Surrender of Italy in Florence, 5 May 1945. The courage, culture and humanity of the communist partigiani affirmed Hamish as an artist, a libertarian, an international socialist and a peace activist. With peace, Henderson returned to Cambridge, Edinburgh, South Uist and Carradale – where he completed his magnificent 'Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica', first winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for Poetry. He was instrumental in establishing the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and the first Edinburgh People's Festival; but these are other stories.

Venue information

Juniper Green Bowling Club

600 Lanark Road
Juniper Green

EH14 5EN

Ramp to access the building, toilet for disabled users.


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