Kilbowie Dreams


Kilbowie Dreams






“Truly the stuff from which dreams are made. You can see, hear, smell and taste not only Kilbowie but all of Scottish football in those verses.” Irvine Welsh

Kilbowie Dreams is a published collection of poems charting the fortunes of ‘The Bankies’ over more than fifty years, from relative success as a provincial senior club to its resurrection competing at Junior level and now as part of the new senior pyramid system playing in the West of Scotland Football League.

There are verses dedicated to Davie Cooper – one of the country’s greatest ever footballing talents – humorous incidents, cup final moments, shouts from the crowd, wonderful goals, the experience of away days, the joys of victory and agony of defeat. 

“All of football is in life. All of life is in football. And it’s all here in this lovely and varied collection. Magic stuff.” – Sanjeev Kohli.

Lifelong Bankies fan Hamish MacDonald is a playwright, novelist and poet whose works include the novel The Gravy Star and hard-hitting play Factor 9 about the contaminated blood scandal.

In 2015-17 he became the first Scots Scriever, a writer’s residency at the National Library of Scotland set up by the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland  and the National Library to celebrate the Scots language and enhance its public understanding.

His most recent poetry collection, Wilson’s Ornithology & Burds in Scots was published by Scotland Street Press in March 2020