Porpoise Press

The Porpoise Press was established in 1922 with the intention of publishing young Scottish writers.

Most of the big publishing firms were based in London and seen — particularly by younger writers — as promulgators of sentimental 'kailyard' fiction, which had little to do with the reality of modern Scottish life. Porpoise published new work in Scots and English.

Their writers included Violet Jacob, Marion Angus, Lewis Spence (who briefly ran the concern in the mid-1920s) Eric Linklater, Hugh MacDiarmid and — with the longest connection — Neil Gunn.

They also published fine editions of neglected Scottish classics, in an effort towards re-establishing a Scottish canon. The first of these was 'The Testament of Cresseid' by 15th century poet Robert Henryson.