OBITUARY:Michael Grieve

Michael Grieve was a prominent and popular member of the Scottish journalistic fraternity, versatile enough to have been able to work at different times for the tabloid press, the quality press and television.

As the son of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (the pen name of Christopher Grieve), Mike Grieve inherited some of this father's feeling for words, as well as many of his sentiments and his political commitment; he was a good all-round reporter of Scottish affairs, including those taking place in the arts, which flourished in a new renaissance during his lifetime, and covered many Edinburgh Festivals as Arts Editor for Scottish Television as well as other events during the Scottish arts year. He was a good talker and bon viveur, but cancer caused the removal of his voice-box, so that in his last years he had to communicate in a whisper, often with the help of his wife, Deirdre.

Like his father a fervent Scottish nationalist, Mike Grieve stood twice for election as an SNP candidate, and, among other party offices, was Vice-Chairman of the Publicity committee during the party's most effective period of growth of nationalist feeling and increase in voting-power. But his nationalism was never fanatical or extreme and he had an all-round appreciation, necessary in a journalist, of the good and bad points of the other parties.

His "Voice of Scotland" column in the Glasgow Daily Record was deliberately provocative, enlightening and entertaining, aimed at helping Scots to be proud of their background, heritage and history.

He had an appreciation of both the higher and the popular arts that was broad and non-elitist. But his main literary efforts went towards preserving the work and reputation of his father, who died in 1978. He edited a Hugh MacDiarmid Anthology in 1972, the Complete Poems 1920-76 (1978, with W.R. Aitken), and worked together with Dougal MacMillan, an American academic author, on the official biography of his father, which has yet to appear.

John Calder

Michael Grieve, journalist, broadcaster, political activist: born Shetland July 1932; married; died Glasgow 18 August 1995.

ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Talent Manager / HR Manager - central London - £50,000

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam