Jim Hewitson

im Hewitson - Brief Biography and Previous Works

• For the past 35 years I have worked as a freelance journalist/author based on the island of Papa Westray, Orkney.
• From the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s I was a staff reporter on weekly, evening and daily newspapers in Scotland culminating in a five-year stint as Edinburgh news editor of The Herald, the country’s biggest selling quality daily.
• In the 1970s I travelled in Europe, living, working and writing in a dozen different countries and staying for extended spells in Umbria, Italy and Kifisia, near Athens.
• In the past 20 years I have written 12 books focusing on Scottish identity, island life and popular Scottish history which have been produced by a variety of Scottish publishers including Canongate, Black & White, Mainstream, & St Andrew Press.
• In the early 1990s I received a grant from the Scottish Arts Council to pursue my non-fiction writing. All my previous books have appeared on Waterstones shelves.
• In the early years of the new century I gained a first class honours MA in Scottish Studies from the University of Aberdeen and in 2004 won the university’s Nan Shepherd Prize for Scottish Literature.
• I have broadcast regularly on Scottish history and island life, given talks at book festivals including Edinburgh and Wigtown and at bookshops and libraries up and down the country.
• My most recent book is Boulders at Hirti Geo – a retrospective of 40 years writing which is self published and includes newspaper articles, poems, plays, short stories, university essays and children’s stories.

Previous Publications by Jim Hewitson

Tam Blake & Co – The Story of the Scots in America (Canongate – 1993; OTCEditions - 2010)

Scotching the Myths – An Alternative Route Map to Scottish History (Mainstream – 1995)

Jim Hewitson’s Scottish Miscellany (Black & White Publishing – 2003)

Far Off in Sunlit Places – Stories of the Scots in Australia & New Zealand (Canongate – 1998, OTCEditions - 2010)

Does Anyone Like Midges? (Black and White Publishing – 2006)

Island at the Rainbow’s End (Mainstream 2005 – previously ‘Clinging to the Edge’ – Journals from an Orkney Island’, (Mainstream 1996)

Astonishing Scotland – A Cheeky Thesaurus of Scottishness (Black and White Publishing – 2003)

The Scots at Sea (BBC and St Andrew Press – 2005)

Dead Weird – Scottish Attitudes to Death (Black and White Publishing – 2004)

Skull & Saltire – Stories of Scottish Piracy (Black and White Publishing - 2005)

Boulders at Hirti Geo – a 40-year Retrospective (self-published – 2007)


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