Alec Finlay

Alec  Finlay

Alec Finlay is an internationally recognised artist & poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms, from poetry, sculpture and collage, to audio‐visual and new technology. Much of Finlay's work considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape.   As a poet, Finlay adopted such innovative forms as the mesostic, embedded-poem, and circle-poem. Recent projects have focussed on place-names.  His publications include A Variety of Cultures (2016), ebban an’ flowan (2015), a better tale to tell (2015), Global Oracle (2014), there were our own there were the others (2014), A Company of Mountains (2013), and Today Today Today (2013).   Recent artist projects includeSweeney’s Bothy, an artist-residency space for the Isle of Eigg, and taigh, Scotland’s national memorial for organ and tissue donors, installed in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.   In 1990, Finlayestablished Morning Star, a press specialising in collaborations between artists and poets, including the award-winning pocketbooks series (1999–2002). Since then he has published over thirty books and won six Scottish Design Awards, including two Grand Prix Awards (2001, 2015).   Finlay blogs regularly at


Contemporary Writers Reading Series - Fall 2016