David C. Purdie was born in Edinburgh in 1940. He worked as a joiner in the city and as an insurance agent in Midlothian, his experience of life in these roles informing his poetry. He sang for 25 years as a tenor in The Kevock Choir, and was a member of the Penicuik Writers’ Group and the School of Poets. A native Scots speaker, Purdie frequently reviewed for Lallans, the Scots language magazine. He was a member of the committee responsible for the commissioning and placing of the statue of Robert Fergusson in Edinburgh’s Canongate.
His poetry has appeared in many magazines, and has won a handful of prizes, mostly for Scots language work. A first collection, The Biggers, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2008.
Purdie spent a lot of time working on putting other poetry into Scots, trying his hand at the Dorset dialect poetry of William Barnes, the English of Goldsmith and Coleridge, as well as the ancient Brythonic of Aneirin, the latter being published by Calder Wood as The Godothin in 2009.
Lydia Robb, in her sketch of Purdie for his booklet The Biggers says he had ‘an unerring eye for spotting the potential for a poem in the ordinary and the extraordinary…’.