Jimmy Miller spent his working life in Govan Shipyards on the river Clyde, beginning as an apprentice Boilermaker in 1937 and ending his career as Training Manager with British Shipbuilders.
He began writing for the apprentice magazine in the 1940s and developed a keen interest in the short story. During the 1950s and 1960s his humourous and insightful accounts of life and work in Govan’s shipbuilding community were broadcast on radio at home and abroad by the BBC. Many were also published in the Glasgow Herald, Evening Times and Scotsman newspapers.
In 1990 his work was performed on stage by the 7:84 Theatre Company at the Arches Theatre, Glasgow. A collection of Jimmy’s stories is published here for the first time by Govan Workspace Ltd. with whom he served as a director.
“7:84 was delighted to include Mrs. Curry’s Kidney and Money For Dirt by Jimmy Miller in their GOVAN STORIES theatre production in 1990.
“Jimmy’s stories are beautifully written, rich in truth and humour and celebrate the lives and spirit of special people in a special time. Read and enjoy!”
GERARD KELLY, Actor and Associate Artistic Director, 7:84 Scottish People’s Theatre.
“Do you know, Jimmy Miller was a real writer. He wrote from his experience but wrote beyond it too. His Glasgow shipyards — his Glasgow — was my father’s and was mine too. It will be for whatever sons and daughters come into this world and for a long time at that.”
JACK McLEAN, The Glasgow Herald
Tenements as Tall as Ships
Published by Glasgow: Govan Workspace Ltd. (1992)
ISBN 10: 0951868705
ISBN 13: 9780951868706