The Shell of Stone

The Shell of Stone

Ian Nimmo White


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The Shell of Stone is Ian Nimmo White’s third book-length collection of poetry. The author being a keen genealogist, many of these poems resonate with his passion for heritage, some marking major events of the twentieth century, with other poems travelling even further back to previous centuries. The author also touches on the inevitable passing of time and his own ageing, which he addresses with some mischief and fun. While there is always a presence of nostalgia, sometimes sadness, White balances this with poems about the joy of having grandchildren, observations of wildlife and the ever-increasing amount of time he is spending in his garden. The reader is left with feelings of respect for the past together with hope for the future. White’s poetry is laced with warmth and humanity, not to mention a good helping of his native Scottish humour. The experience gained in a four-decade-long career in community service has given the poet a priceless knowledge and understanding of the lives of ordinary men and women, who will be able to relate to these poems and enjoy them.


Ian Nimmo White:
Ian Nimmo White was born in Paisley in 1948. He served Fife Council as a youth and community worker for 35 years before retiring in 2008, and much of his poetry reflects this long experience of working with people of all ages. His verse, in both English and Scots, has appeared prolifically in literary magazines throughout the UK. Two previous book-length collections have been produced, Standing Back (Petrel Publications) in 2000 and Symmetry (Trafford Publishing) in 2007. He was editor of Fife Lines poetry magazine from 1998 to 2005.