Matthew Fitt - POETRY

Matthew Fitt is a prize-winning poet. His first poetry collection Kate o Shanter’s Tale includes his famous Kate, Matthew’s response to Tam o Shanter, and other well-loved poems like Jim Leighton, chic charnley and Clara. His poetry has been featured in the national press and on radio and in Scottish and international literary magazines. Matthew’s work was recently translated into Italian.


Chalmers, Cochranes, Cockburns, MacLeans, Weirs
left the rain at leith and aberbrothock
met weet snaw in the skagerrak’s mooth
and flitted hoose and shore tae the baltic

in hansa’s coorts, fairs and mercat touns
where the chapmen unrolled their packs like souls
the guid men o the guilds cauldly glowered,
drave oot the schotten mang the jews and poles

intil poland’s hert and centuries’ blood
tae kythe as surgeons, teachers, brewsters o beer
reckoners o five-year-plans – Czamer
Czochranek, Kabrun, Makalienski, Wajer

Kate o Shanter's Tale and Other Poems
Luath Press, 2003
Kate o Shanter's Tale and Other Poems - Audio CD
Luath Press, 2003
 from Present Poets, National Museum of Scotland

Matthew's poetry is also featured in:


5 Italian Poets & 5 Scottish Poets

Torino Poesia/Luath Press, 2009
 100 Favourite
Scottish Poems To Read Out Loud

  Luath Press, 2007
 Addressing the Bard
12 Contemporary Poets

SPL, 2009
No 65, Summer 1991

  Chapman Publishing, 1991
Sampark: Scotland
Journal of Global Understanding, No 10

Sampark, Spring 2008
No. 13

Rattapallax Press, 2006

Twenty of the Best
A Galliard Anthology

Galliard, 1990
 The New Makars
Mercan Anthology

  Mercat Press, 1991
Going up Ben Nevis
in a Bubble Car
MNew Writing Scotland, v. 18

  ASLS, 2001

 Scots Poems To Be Read Aloud
Luath Press, 2001
 Gairfish: Overspill
Volume 9

  Gairfish, 1995
 Stepping into the Avalanche
A collection of short stories and poems

Brownsbank Press, 2003
An Anthology

Biggar Musem Trust, 2009
Voyages & Versions
Literature Across Frontiers Project

Scottish Poetry Library, 2003
Poems & Prose, Seven7

Aberdeen University, 1987