From a quick-tempered singing grandmother to a performance of The Mikado in an African village: David Kinloch’s exploration of his relationship with his father is both unexpected and affectionate. An extended sequence of poems moves from personal memory to reflections on the values embodied in such cultural father-figures as the explorer David Livingstone and the Irish patriot Roger Casement. Translations of poems by Paul Celan and others into vivid Scots weave through the sequence, illuminating the disturbing connections between patriarchy and twentieth-century violence. In contrast, moving and humorous ‘dissections’ of adult relationships evoke images of the body both scientific and spiritual, culminating in a long narrative poem that celebrates the loving relationship between two seventeenth-century diplomats and doctors, against the background of the bustling city of Constantinople.
David Kinloch was born, brought up and educated in Glasgow. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford and for many years earned his living as a University teacher of French holding posts in Paris, Oxford, Swansea and Salford.
Since 2003 he has been teaching creative writing and Scottish literature at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow where he is currently Professor of Poetry. and Creative Writing. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Dustie-Fute (Vennel Press, 1992), Paris-Forfar (Polygon, 1994), Un Tour d’Ecosse (Carcanet, 2001), In My Father’s House (Carcanet, 2005) and Finger of a Frenchman (Carcanet, 2011). In 2014 he published a pamphlet, Some Women, with Happenstance Press.
In 2004 he was a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award; in 2008 he held a Writers’ Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council and an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for his poetry. He recently held a Fellowship from the AHRC for work towards his next collection. He was a founder editor of the internationally respected poetry magazine Verse and is a founder of the Scottish Writers’ Centre. David is also a critic and scholar with many academic publications in the fields of French, Translation and Scottish Studies. Selected details of these publications may be found on the University of Strathclyde website.