Poet James Knox Whittet was born and brought up in the Hebridean island of Islay where his father was the head gardener at a castle. Although he now lives in Norfolk, many of his poems are inspired by his Hebridean childhood.He was educated at Newbattle Abbey College and Cambridge University, has received many awards and was awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship in in 2013.
In 2012, he collaborated with the artist and photographer, Margaret Bathgate on an exhibition of traditional sonnets and photographs on the people and places of Islay calledVoices and Images Of Islay. This exhibition was displayed on the island for two months and attracted a good deal of attention from both islanders and visitors. Voices and Images of Islay, to include artwork and music, will be now be displayed by Cambo Heritage Trust at Cambo Stables near St Andrews.
The Exhibition runs daily from 3 to 10 August from 10am to 4.30pm.Margaret Bathgate, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 and has exhibited widely, is no stranger to Cambo having exhibited her exciting artwork at Cambo as part of the Heartwood Exhibition in 2012 and also during Snowdrops by Starlight on more than one occasion, but this will be the first occasion her photography will be on display.
BIOGRAPHY OF JAMES KNOX WHITTET
James Knox Whittet was born and brought up in the Hebridean island of Islay where his father was the head gardener at a castle. Although he now lives in Norfolk, many of his poems are inspired by his Hebridean childhood. He was educated at Newbattle Abbey College and Cambridge University.
In 2004, his pamphlet, Seven Poems for Engraved Fishermen (Meniscus Press) was shortlisted for an award from the National Library of Scotland. In the same year, he received an award from the Society of Authors.
His anthology, 100 Island Poems (Iron Press) was published in 2005 and was nominated by The Scotsman as one of the Books of the Year and received a major award from the Arts Council of England. A companion volume, Writers On Islands (Iron Press) was published in 2008.
He won the George Crabbe Memorial Award in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. In 2009, he won the Neil Gunn Memorial Award for poetry and an award from Highland Arts.
In 2012, he collaborated with the artist and photographer, Margaret Bathgate on an exhibtion of traditional sonnets and photographs on the people and places of Islay called Voices And Images Of Islay. This exhibition was displayed on the island for two months and attracted a good deal of attention from both islanders and visitors. Voices And Images of Islay will be displayed during the Aldeburgh poetry festival in Suffolk in 2014.
Also in 2012, his collection, Whe Kafka Met Einstein (Iron Press) was published and was described by the distinguished poet, Pauline Stainer as 'a quietly amazing collection of poetry.'
His poems have appeared in two series of Sue Anderson's Hebridean calendars and his short sea poems have been engraved on stone by two Norfolk sculptors.
In 2013, he was awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship.
Margaret Bathgate Curriculum vitae
Margaret Bathgate Curriculum vitae
of Art October 2002 Edinburgh College
RSA Open Exhibition December 2005Performance piece
RSA Student Exhibition Spring 2006
BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting June 2006
of Art Edinburgh College
Arts Festival August 2006 Barclay Church “Hope and Celtic Spirituality”Invited Artist Edinburgh
RSA Barns Graham Award October 2006
RSA Roter Salon Exhibition Nov/Dec 2006
British Airways Collection Dec 2006Four pieces for
V.I.P. lounge Edinburgh Airport
March 2007 Edinburgh RSA Building
Pittenweem Arts Festival August 2007Outer Harbour
March 2008 Edinburgh RSA Building
Aberdour Arts Festival July 2008
Cupar Arts Festival October 2008
Feb/Mar 2009City Art Centre Edinburgh
Dundee May/June 2009 Vision Building
Vis Exhibition July 2009Glenrothes
Big Tent July 2009
VAS Members Exhibition
Dumfries Oct/Nov 2009
ESSA Exhibition December 2009
Luiginos April 2010
Heartwood September 2010Blairgowrie
Wasps Open Studios October 2010
Cambo Estate Feb/Mch 2011
Wasps Open Studios October 2011
Encounters with Place Oct/Feb 2011/12Threshold Art SpacePerth Theatre
Snowdrops by Starlight February 2012Cambo Estate
Voices and Images of
Islay June/July 2012St Columba Centre Islay
The Enchanted Castle
November 2012 Aberdeen
Snowdrops by Starlight February 2013Cambo Estate
Hope Scott Grant December 2008
in partnership withThe Scottish Arts Council March 2009
The Scottish Arts Council December 2009
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