’He can write like an angel, but with a pen dipped in the devil’s ink.’

– Gavin Wallace

’He can write like an angel, but with a pen dipped in the devil’s ink.’

– Gavin Wallace

Forthcoming in October 2022 from Cloud Machineries Press

Beyond the Labyrinth

At the very moment when prima ballerina Léonide Papamelindros, known to her admirers as “la Meli”, gets her steps wrong in full view of the audience on the stage of the opera house, the head of the baby which her dear friend Princess Calasipari is giving birth to emerges between its mother’s legs. What is the explanation for this peculiar coincidence?

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Towards Awakening 

Film director Rob Sinclair, half-Spanish, half-Scottish, lies in a coma in an Edinburgh hospital after a car crash where the driver died. Beginning with his partner, Catalan businessman Daniel Permanyer, people close to Sinclair or involved in shooting the film, reflect on their memories of him and on the dramas currently taking place in each of their lives. 

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Featured books

Leanabachd a’ Cho-Ghleusaiche

POETRY, 2021

The poems in this collection deal with a wide range of subjects – the poet’s anxiety about his writing and its place in the world; the partner of a close friend he never met; a troubled relationship with his mother; the music of Schumann; the paintings of Vuillard; and the childhood of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.

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The Silent Letter

TRANSLATION, 2021

Award-winning poet, translator and academic, Jaume Subirana is one of Catalonia’s most treasured poets, winning its most prestigious prizes for his poetry and essays. In an eloquent translation by Christopher Whyte, The Silent Letter showcases Subirana’s sharp observations, delicate eye for detail, stunningly beautiful images, and poignant suspension of the moment.

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Youthful Verses

TRANSLATION, 2020

Tsvetaeva puts her passionate involvement with a woman poet seven years her senior at the heart of these intense and luminous shedding light on life in Moscow during the twilight years of the Empire.

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Ceum Air Cheum / Step by Step

POETRY, 2019

Whyte’s sixth collection, in Gaelic with English translations mainly by Niall O’Gallagher, brings together twelve longer poems written across a period of twenty years. The topics covered include a verse address to his mother about the abuse he suffered from his father, a polemic against the practice of “relay translation” and the evocation of a Transylvanian Saxon village, ending with a fine tribute to Mary Flora Nicolson of Ord House in Skye.

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Milestones

TRANSLATION, 2015

Hailed as her first fully mature book, this collection addresses Blok and Akhmatova, as well as the city Tsvetaeva grew up in, the pre-Revolutionary Moscow she so passionately loved, in poems whose daring, vigour and freshness were rarely to be surpassed in her subsequent production.

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Moscow in the Plague Year

TRANSLATION, 2014

Trapped in Moscow through the Civil War with two infant daughters almost impossible to feed, camped out in the attic of the house she and her family had previously occupied, Tsvetaeva produced some of the most brilliant, communicative and heart-rending poems she would ever write.

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Bho Leabhar-Latha Maria Malibran / From the Diary of Maria Malibran

POETRY, 2009

The opera singer Maria Malibran (1808-1836) rents a villa outside Paris and confronts in its garden the shadow of her abusive father and his legacy, while struggling to understand what it might mean for her to “have a self”.

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Modern Scottish Poetry

POETRY, 2004

Thumbnail sketches of the work of twenty poets writing between 1940 and 1990 combine to form an overarching account of poetry in Scotland as the 20th century progressed towards its close.

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Dàin do Eimhir / Poems to Eimhir

EDITION, 2001

MacLean’s cycle of love poems, hailed as the fundamental text of Gaelic poetry in the 20th century, is recomposed here in a prizewinning edition with generous commentary and notes.

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The Gay Decameron

NOVEL, 1998

A June evening dinner party in a “double upper” flat in Edinburgh’s New Town turns into an in-depth exploration of the lives and loves of the ten men attending.

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Euphemia MacFarrigle and the Laughing Virgin

NOVEL, 1995

In Whyte’s debut novel, magical realism hits the already crazed world of Catholic Glasgow in the 1990s, with an archbishop farting uncontrollably, while three virgins prepare for miraculous births in a city convent. An unremarkable statue of the Virgin Mary is prone to fits of laughter.

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’The best poet writing in Gaelic today. Of this I have no doubt.’
– Ronald Black

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