This collection details the career and work
of Scottish concrete poet/artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. It includes manuscripts,
correspondence, printed materials, garden designs, photographs, project files,
clippings, catalogs, and other materials related to his work, his family,
colleagues, friends, and the controversies that surrounded him. Materials
collected by Simon Cutts, publisher of the Coracle Press.
Ian Hamilton Finlay is a Scottish artist best known for his concrete
poetry, his gardens which incorporate poetry and sculpture, and his penchant
for controversy. He was born in 1925 in the Bahamas. His family returned to
Scotland when he was a child and he was, briefly, educated there. He left
school at 13, and served in the army (RASC) beginning in 1942. After WWII,
Finlay began to write short stories and poetry. His first publication was
The Sea-Bed and Other Stories (1958);
his first book of poems,
Dancers Inherit the Party, was published
in 1960 (republished by the Fulcrum Press in 1969).