A Selection of Poems by Peter Smith, the Fisherman Poet of CellardykePaperback
A Selection of Poems by Peter Smith, the Fisherman Poet of Cellardyke by Peter Smith (Author) compiled by James K. Corstorphine,
Peter Smith was born in Cellardyke, Fife, on 2nd July 1874, the youngest of a family of six children. Like generations of his family before him, Peter spent almost all his working life at sea; firstly in ‘Fifie’ sailing boats, then in Steam Drifters, before acquiring his own ‘Yawl’ in later years. Throughout his life, ‘Poetry Peter’, as he became affectionately known throughout the east of Fife, recited his poetry to appreciative audiences in fishing communities throughout the country; from the Shetland Islands in the far north to Great Yarmouth in the south-east of England. Peter’s poems, which are written mainly in ‘Auld Scotland’s Tongue’, paint a vivid picture of fisher life as it was in Scotland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.At the rear of the book there is a comprehensive glossary of words and phrases used in 'Auld Scots Tongue' in order to assist the reader.