David Kinloch Author Critic Scholar Creativing Writing Scottish Literature


Headshot of David Kinloch poet Welcome to my new website.

Here you wil­l find detai­ls of my poetry collections, academic texts along with relevant links, a small sample of recent poems and details of upcoming events / gigs / projects in which I am involved. ­



Photography: Gerry Cambrid­g­e­­

Poetry Reviews:
"David Kinloch's In My Father's House has, indeed, many mansions. It is a 'concept album' collection, that includes bitter-sweet elegies and reminiscences of Kinloch's own father, alongside more problematic images of patriarchs; most notably in a sequence of Holocaust-survivor Paul Celan's poems translated into a vigorous and uncouthy Scots. There are times when a 'single-issue' gathering of work can become rather too problematic: Kinloch avoids any potential repetitiveness through the vast, and experimental, range of forms. In addition to the Scots language translations, there are variations on Palestinian poems, long, dramatic monologues (including the exceptional 'Baines His Dissection') and prose-poems, a notoriuosly difficult mode that Kinloch inhabits breezily" - S.B Kelly

Finger of a Frenchman book cover.  Poetry by David Kinloch My new collection from Carcanet is Finger of a Frenchman published April, 2011. In it, you'll find a lot of poems about paintings as well as a longish poem about an eccentric 17th century English cleric called John Bargrave which concerns the issue of collection itself, whether of poems or paintings.

Read one of the poem's from this collection - Rousseau on Ramsay. It's a d­ramatic monologue spoken in the voice of the French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Finger of a Frenchman can be purchased online from Carcanet: www.carcanet.co.uk

In a review of Finger, Jane Routh wrote: "It's an impressive survey of Scottish/French art and thinking about art. If you start to object this might be a rarefied subject matter, David Kinloch has already beaten you to it in an extended prose spat with one M.de Norvins, batting back more objections than you could think of. Even more impressive is the range of approaches and the wit and intelligence David Kinloch brings to this subject matter. The book as a whole is beautifully constructed to allow ideas and references to echo through the poems. Quite by chance I'm familiar with some of his subject matter already, and there I can see the originality with which he handles his material." Magma, 50.


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