Don Paterson

(born 1963 -) - Kirriemuir, Angus

Don Paterson

Born in Dundee, Don Paterson is an accomplished poet, author and playwright, as well as a jazz guitarist.

He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1990; in 1993, his poem, 'A Private Bottling' won the Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition. Paterson's first collection of poetry, Nil Nil (1993), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. God's Gift to Women (1997), won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scottish Award in 2002 and in 2003 his latest collection of poetry, Landing Light, won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.

His plays include 'The Land of Cakes' and 'A'body's Aberdee'.

Don Paterson is the poetry editor for the London publishers, Picador, and writes reviews for several national newspapers. He still plays guitar solo and with the jazz-folk ensemble, Lammas. He lives in Kirriemuir, Angus.

  • Cover scan of The Blind Eye
    The Blind Eye: A Book Of Late Advice - Hardback
    'The Blind Eye' is Don Paterson's second collection of aphorisms. Funny, irreverent, wise and sad, this collection not only entertains but also leads us to ponder on the dark and light that make up the human condition.
  • Cover scan of The Book Of Shadows
    The Book Of Shadows - Paperback
    Eloquent, illuminating, and intimate, 'The Book of Shadows' is a collection of aphorisms from Don Paterson where the profound, the poetic and the profane meet to glorious effect.
  • Cover scan of God's Gift To Women
    God's Gift To Women - Paperback
    Don Paterson's second collection has been impatiently awaited and in it he moves into yet more exhilarating territory. Autobiography mixes with invention, exaggeration and dazzle to produce poems unlike any others.
  • Cover scan of Landing Light
    Landing Light - Paperback
    This collection of poetry from Don Paterson guides us down the labyrinths of our deepest and most private concerns. Paterson explores the swings of light and dark that mark our troubled feelings, including utterance and silence, disclosure and concealment, and the need for renewal and finality.
  • Cover scan of Nil Nil
    Nil Nil - Hardback
    Dream-life and class politics, mystery and music, sex and drink all play an essential part in this collection of poetry.
  • Cover scan of Rain
    Rain - Hardback
    In an assembly of masterful lyrics and monologues, Paterson conjures a series of fables and charms that serve both to expose us to the unsettling forces within the world and simultaneously offer some protection against them.
  • Cover scan of Robert Burns
    Robert Burns: Poems - Paperback
    In this series, a contemporary poet selects & introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems & by the personal & critical reactions they express in their prefaces the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible & passionate introduction to some of the greatest poets in literature.
  • Cover scan of Selected Poems
    Selected Poems - Hardback
    This selection, drawn from 20 years of work, is made by the poet himself and includes not only poems from his 4 single volumes, but poetry drawn from his original versions of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke.

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