Saturday 13 October to 30 November 2019
Tuesday 19th November 7.30pm
Juniper Green Bowling Club
“Hamish Henderson: Poet and War Hero”
Hamish Scott Henderson was born on the11th November
1919 - almost a century ago to the day.
He was a catalyst for the folk revival in Scotland,and was
also an accomplished folk song collector.
He co-founded the School of Scottish studies and for many
years he held court in Sandy Bell's Bar, the meeting place
for local and visiting folk musicians.
Timothy Neat's two-volume biography of Hamish was
published in 2007/2009.
It concluded thirty-five 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).
To celebrate his centenary, Tim will focus on Henderson's
wartime career and poetry and song produced at that time.
Hamish was an Intelligence Officer with the 51
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
The courage, culture and humanity of the communist
partigiani affirmed Hamish as an artist, a libertarian, an
international socialist and peace activist. With peace,
Henderson returned to Cambridge, to 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.
Brought up in North Cornwall, Tim moved to Scotland (home
of his maternal ancestors) to teach at Lendrick Muir School,
Perthshire (a residential school for Maladjusted Children of
High Intelligence), in 1968.
From 1973 till 1988 he worked as art historian at Duncan of
Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.
Subsequently he funded his creative career with work as a
beekeeper, wild mushroom hunter and salmon-netter, from
his home in North Fife.
Author of eleven books, an Honorary Academician of the
RSA and Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary
Studies, in 2018 Tim returned to Cornwall to start a new