Brian Whittingham's latest book of poems published by Red Squirrel
Press. This is the world as Whittingham sees it. These are poems for
fellow saunterers, for those who enjoy strolling through their own
world observing and taking in all around them, just as the poet does.
As Janet Paisley writes of him: "Whittingham paints people withis
pen. Characters spring alive and whole from poems that reveal lives
and personalities in a few lines of precise observation and telling
ISBN: 978 1 910437 50 6 [70pps]
Red Squirrel Press
People Who Work
This is a: 'HOW
TO WORKSHOP LABOUR WRITING' tutorial exploring a variety of techniques
and methods of researching and writing about the working lives of ourselves
and those round about us.
It's packed with
images, discussion prompts, writing prompts and suggested reads that
will result in individuals, tutors and/or groups to engage in the world
of labour writing and a production of some powerful writing.
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Clocking Out: Poems and Photographs on the Subject of Work
This is a collection
of observational poems centred around all aspects of working life. We
all define ourselves to some extent by our job, or lack of a job, and
the author explores the many different ways in which this definition
manifests itself. From hairdressers to hangmen, and boxers to builders,
the universal experience of work is approached from every angle, so
that each reader will find something different to relate to.
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Bunnets n Bowlers
a Clydeside Odyssey
Every ship has
a story, and so does every shipbuilder, whether they are bowler hats,
the foremen whose job it was to make sure deadlines were met, or bunnets,
the skilled artisans that did the graft.
Meet the characters
of The Black Squad: Sam Abbott, the knicker knocker from Duntocher;
Wild Bill Hickok, the card shark; Irish Pat, the burner who likes his
bevvy too much, and many more. Theyve spent their lives together
in Browns shipyard sharing in the hilarity and tragedy of their
Bunnets n Bowlers
follows this Clydeside odyssey, familiar to so many, from smart-arsed
apprentice to skilled artisan and celebrates the humour and camaraderie
of an ailing profession.
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and the Grumbloids
Enter the mysterious
world of Septimus Pitt and The Grumbleoids, where colourful characters
spring to life in playfully peculiar poems. Meet the new teacher with
a bizarre dress sense, and Mr Nobody, an unhappy spook who just wants
to join the class. Find out the secrets of the retired puppeteer, and
be scared very scared of the ghost of an ancient librarian
and his faithful cat.
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ISBN (13): 978 1 905222 81 5
The paper used in this book is recyclable. It is made
from low chlorine
pulps produced in a low energy, low emission manner
from renewable forests.
has a brilliant track record of working with schools. His work for Glasgow
Museums brought exhibitions alive and drew pupils into the collections
in new and exciting ways...The poetry helped children express their
thoughts and emotions in ways that those of us who have watched Brian
at work couldnt begin to imagine... This collection will inspire,
delight and inform all who dip into it.
Education Officer, Glasgow Museums
wonderful anthology of poems which assaults the senses and captures
the heart. The subject matter, the humour and the evocation of time
and place would appeal to even the most apathetic reader; yet there
is more than enough to simulate the more capable. I would highly recommend
this collection to my colleagues as a classroom resource.
Principal Teacher of English, St Andrews High School, Clydebank
Drink the Green
this, his fourth poetry collection, Brian Whittingham walks the streets
of Glasgow, dips into peoples lives and delves into the world
of the Impressionist painters. Like looking through a family album,
the poems are quick snapshots, focusing on the particular of the ordinary
and yet widening the gaze to the universal in life. Colour is not just
splashed across the canvases of the painters lives he explores,
but finds its way into the lives of all those he encounters. With his
own bold brush strokes Whittingham mixes the territory of high-art and
city-streets, making both as significant in the make up of daily lives.
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last time I drank the Green Fairy was on my stag night, twenty-eight
years ago. I ended up upside-down, having been deposited in a rubbish
bin with my legs sticking up in the air in Glasgows Queen Street
cunning mix of family memories, traumas of hospital wards, and probing
of the relations between art and life
a warm and attractive
collection, with a characteristic blend of sympathetic observation
and sharp social comment'.
Whittingham's ship has been launched. It should take Glasgow to the
world. For here is a collection which packages Glasgow (and Paris
flung in for good measure) using microcosmic insights and incidences
to create, through an integrity of humanity, the universality most
writers would sell their soul for. Brian Whittingham hasn't sold his
soul. That's his trick - he's kept it. He's stuck to his own path
over the years and produced the finest collection of poetry I've read
Old Man from Brooklyn and the Charing Cross Carpet (2000)
This collection of poems from Brian Whittingham swings between his
home city and the United States, reflecting as ever his eye for the
oddball, his ear for the funny or poignant remark, his deadpan humour,
his enjoyment of the simple pleasures of family life his sheer
interest in people and what they say and do.
ISBN 0 946588 23 6
Binding: Saddle stitched (+ dust cover)
If Brian Whittingham were a film director, hed be winning Oscars!
& the Ballroom Dancer (1996)
ISBN: 1 873899 01 7
From: Taranis Books
has what might be called an ear for thought, as if it were catching
the thoughts and feelings in his environment and giving them expression
in all their humour and paradox while emerging out of stark realism."
are direct, perceptive and very funny."
Fiction writer and poet
and exhilarating to read. Whittingham is definitely a poet to watch."
& Spinning Tea Cans (1992)
maps the sojourn of the naive school-leaver to time-served tradesman
to a desk job. The personal consequences and incongruities of this journey
are explored, culminating in the occupational schizophrenia of the outstanding
ISBN: 1 873899 25 4
From: Taranis Books
have the tang of Tom Leonard's Glasgow both in language and in directness.
They are anecdotal, fresh, unpretentiuos and fast moving. Whittingham
has an excellent ear for language and a gift for timimg that would do
credit to a top-flight stand-up comic."
Books in Scotland
is a gentle sort of chap in conversation. Read some of his poetry and
someone else emerges, a man of pithy comment and accurate observattion."
A dozen poems reflecting
some of Brian Whittingham's experiences as an apprentice in the tough
world of building ships on the Clyde.
ISBN: 0 9515394
1 8 (out of print)
Binding: Saddle stitched
From: Crazy Day Press
rite of passage, these poems are funny, poignant and accurately describe
a working culture easily indentifiable by all who spent any time in
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