|David Morrison was born in Glasgow in 1941. He was educated at Glasgow High School for Boys and Hamilton Academy
At the age of 18 he entered librarianship as an assistant, then went to Glasgow College of Commerce and Strathclyde
University to qualify as a professional librarian. He spent a year as principal assistant in the Edinburgh College
of Art before moving northwards to Caithness in 1965. He still lives and works in Wick, Caithness. Over the years he
has been County Librarian for Caithness and Area Librarian for Caithness and Sutherland. He retired at the age of 52
to concentrate on writing and painting. In the 1970s and 1980s he ran the Wick Folk Club and the Wick Festival of
Poetry, Folk and Jazz both recognised on the national calendar. In 1970 he founded Scotia Review, a radical literary
magazine. After editing the magazine for 34 years he handed over its editorship in 2004. He is widely published and
anthologised. Painting was very important to him, having exhibited all over Scotland and London. Caithness was his
adopted, spiritual home, a land of big skies and never ending interest.
David died unexpectly on 1 September, 2012.
John O'Groat Journal
Books available from Poetry Salzburg:
David Morrison: The Cutting Edge. Collected Poems 1966-2003,
Foreword by Gerry Cambridge. Introduction by Iain Crichton Smith, April 2006. 232 pp. ISBN-13 978-3-901993-22-0; ISBN-10 3-901993-22-3
£20.50 (+ 2.50 p&p), €25.00 (+ 3.00 p&p), US$34.50 (+ 4.00 p&p)