Jenni Daiches

Jenni Daiches (b. 1941)
Photograph of Jenni Daiches by Rachel Calder
Jenni Daiches © Rachel Calder



Poet and author Jenni Daiches has written extensively on Robert Louis Stevenson and other literary and historical subjects. 

Full Biography

Jenni Daiches was born in Chicago, educated in the USA and in England, and has lived in Scotland since 1971. From 1978 to 2001 she worked at the National Museums of Scotland in various capacities, including Head of Publications and script co-ordinator for the Museum of Scotland exhibitions. She is a freelance writer and lecturer, writing on literary and historical subjects as Jenni Calder, and fiction and poetry as Jenni Daiches. An area of special interest has been Scottish emigration, particularly to North America, and questions of identity. Other key interests include Scottish literature, particularly R. L. Stevenson and women writers.

Jenni Daiches' published poetry includes Mediterranean (Scottish Cultural Press, 1995) and Smoke  (Kettillonia, 2005).  She wrote a biography of the Scottish writer and poet, Naomi Mitchison, which was published by Virago in 1997;  she is the author or editor of many works on Robert Louis Stevenson, and has edited his poetry and stories, and several other works on him. 

Poems by Jenni Daiches