Ian Abbot was born in Perth in 1947, and worked in agricultural jobs to support his writing. One book of poetry was published before his early death in a car accident, but a collected poems appeared in 2015.
A 'bardic matriarch' to the San Francisco Beats in the 1950s, Helen Adam was born a minister’s daughter in Scotland, and her reputation rests on her mastery, and macabre interpretation, of the ballad forms of her native land.
Margot Robert Adamson translated early Scots and English poetry into modern English. In her own poetry she drew upon life in Edinburgh and East Lothian. She also wrote novels, and travel literature ‘for those who stay at home’.