David M. Addison
A native of Banff, Scotland, David M. Addison was a graduate of Aberdeen University. As well as essays in various publications, he wrote several books, mainly about his travels.
As well as a short spell teaching English as a foreign language in Poland when the Solidarity movement was at its height, he spent a year (1978-79) as an exchange teacher in Montana. He regarded his decision to apply for the exchange as one of the best things he ever did, for not only did it give him the chance to travel extensively in the US and Canada but during the course of the year he made a number of enduring friendships. His award-winning An Innocent Abroad was the first in a duology about this extraordinary year while the second volume, Still Innocent Abroad, was published in 2016.
Since taking early retirement, he had more time but less money to indulge his unquenchable thirst for travel (and his wife would say for Cabernet Sauvignon and malt whisky). He travelled as far and wide and as often as he could.
In 2015 An Innocent Abroad received an award in the Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition for Biography and Memoir. David's travels eventually took him to the Highlands of Scotland, exploring the North Coast 500 road trip - dubbed "Scotland's Route 66" - and rated one of the top five most scenic road journeys in the world. He later wrote books on the culture and history behind the South-West Coastal 300 route and Snow Roads scenic route.
David passed away in 2022 after a short battle with illness. He was a unique literary figure, and we consider it an honour and a pleasure to have spent so many years working with him. In his unstinting commitment to his craft, the warmth of his wit, and his obvious affection and respect for literature the world over, he influenced countless people and will be greatly missed.
For more details about David and his work, please visit his website at www.davidmaddison.org.