Local writer Iain Mills has produced a stunning new book, ‘Clydescapes’, celebrating Inverclyde’s landscapes, history and heritage. Through poems matched with images taken by local photographers, he has captured in memorable ways the changes that have affected Inverclyde over the years.

The book was recently launched to a capacity audience at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. People reading extracts from the book at the launch included Jack Glenny representing Ardgowan Hospice and Provost Moran, who gave an excellent rendition of ‘James Watt’.

Iain has deep connections with Inverclyde.“Three of my grandparents were born and raised in Inverclyde and I spent most of my working life in Greenock and Gourock.”

Iain is now giving something back to Inverclyde as all profits from this acclaimed new book will go to Ardgowan Hospice. The book combines his poetry with stunning, high resolution images from local photographers such as Gaie Brown and Campbell Skinner.

“The main themes perhaps reflect my own interests – the environment and heritage of Inverclyde and how the area has changed over the years.”

The book will appeal to a wide audience, including people with Inverclyde links living overseas. It has drawn highly favourable comments from people such as the actor Richard Wilson and film director Ken Loach.

“Clydescapes would make an ideal gift for an uncle in Chicago or a cousin in Melbourne. It would bring back many memories” added Iain.

The book is available at £9.99 from outlets from Wemyss Bay to Kilmacolm, including the Telegraph office, the New Dawn Bookshop in Greenock, Ardgowan Hospice Access and the Hospice shops, and WH Smiths. It has even taken to the high seas and is available on some local Calmac ferry routes. The website – – has full details of the outlets.