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Scott Hastie is an author and poet based in the Hertfordshire countryside, which is only a thirty-minute commuter ride from London. The village where he lives and works is also only a mile or so from a key junction on to the M25 which offers fast access into the capital’s four principal airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and London Luton.

Born in Edinburgh, Scott Hastie was brought up and educated in Berkhamsted, prior to college studies in Brighton. Several small press editions of Scott Hastie’s poetry first appeared in the early 1970s, at a time when he was also editor of the college magazine for Sussex University and Brighton Polytechnic (1974–75)

These early anthologies prefaced the first substantial hardback collection of his work Selected Poetry (1991) which soon found a core audience with its broadly romantic themes, celebrating love and the beauty of the natural world. 

“To write and sell poetry at a profit these days is a minor victory and a major achievement.” Scott’s words gently unlock and force you to face and look at the world with a little more optimism. There are moments of deep joy and others, which take your breath away with simple incredible honesty.

Life is a complicated journey with happiness, mystery and sadness. At times, we need inspirational poems to help us renew ourselves and be filled with strength to fulfill our life's purpose. That’s where Scott Hastie’s ‘Meditations’ comes in. A remarkable book recommended to both teenagers and adults.
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