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Brian Whittingham is a poet, playwright, freelance editor, and lecturer. In 2000 he won first prize in the Sunday Herald 'Short Story Competition' and his short fiction has been widely anthologised. A former steelworker/draughtsman, Brian performed his steel-working poems as part of the BBC's Ballad of the Big Ships Live in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall in 2007. Brian has published 10 collections of poetry, including, Bunnets and Bowlers (2009) and The Old Man from Brooklyn (2000) and, for children, Septimus Pitt and the Grumbleoids (2007). His latest collection: Walking Between Worlds was published October 2018and is availablle from Red Squirrel Press.
Four of his stage plays have been performed by Scottish theatre companies. In 2006-2008 he was editor of New Writing Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS).

In 2011, Brian was visiting professor of creative writing at Seattle University, Washington D.C., where he taught a narrative poetry class. His collection of 'Labour Poetry', entitled, Clocking In Clocking Out: poems and photographs on the subject of work (Edinburgh: Luath Press) was completed during his time in Seattle.

Brian lectures on creative writing at the City of Glasgow College and is currently working with Kelvingrove Museum of Glasgow's education department on his shipbuilding play entitled THREE NIGHTS AND A SUNDAY which will be rolled out countrywide as a resource for Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish Schools.

Brian held a writing fellowship at the Yaddo artist colony in New York in 1994, and in 2008 he received a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship at Chevillon Grez in France. He has taught and performed his work across Scotland, England, Ireland, Europe and the USA.


As a tutor, teacher, facilitator and lecturer Brian has delivered workshops to varied client groups such as primary & secondary school pupils, further education students, community groups, senior citizens, mental health groups, addiction recovery groups, reminiscing groups etc. He has worked in as such varied venues as schools, colleges, museums, art galleries, libraries, prisons, WW2 settings and drop-in centres.

BRIAN WELCOMES COMMISSIONS in all aspects of creative writing. He specialises in POETRY, FICTION, DRAMA and EDITING. Commissions can be, for example, one off sessions, or weekly structured courses to vocational or non-vocational standards. Some of his workshops have consisted of teenagers writing poems in the sand on the Normandy beaches, senior citizens writing their memories whilst sitting in tramcars in Glasgow's Transport Museum, youngsters writing plant poems in Glasgow's Winter Gardens and Hawaiian students writing dialect pieces in Seattle University.

Brian has edited literary magazines and anthologies and has wide experience of reading from his own works both in the uk and abroad.