Stewart Conn

(1936 – present) - Kilmarnock

Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was born in Glasgow, grew up in Ayrshire (the setting for much of his early poetry) and has for many years lived in Edinburgh. From 2002-2005 he was the city's inaugural Makar.

Among his publications are Stolen Light: Selected Poems, Ghosts at Cockcrow, a pamphlet The Loving-Cup, and as editor 100 Favourite Scottish Poems and 100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems. He has also published a memoir Distances, and a number of stage plays.

He has received awards from among others the Scottish Arts Council, Society of Authors and Poetry Book Society. He is a fellow of the RSAMD, and honorary president of Edinburgh's Shore Poets.

"A sympathetic, if quite unsentimental, treatment of the natural world, or the rural one at least, does run throughout his poetry, but so do the themes of love, family relationships, the nature and power of art, and that time-honoured subject of poetry – the fragility and transitoriness of life itself" – DAVID McCORDICK, Scottish Literature in the 20th Century
  • Cover scan of The Breakfast Room
    The Breakfast Room - Paperback
    The waif-like figure peering from Bonnard's 'The Breakfast Room' instils a sense of mystery and marginality in Stewart Conn's title-poem. Among other portents of transience in his latest collection are two briefly glimpsed duck shooters.
  • Cover scan of Ghosts At Cockrow
    Ghosts At Cockcrow - Paperback
    This volume features poems written during his spell as Edinburgh's first Poet Laureate – among them a sequence depicting Roull of Corstorphin (elegised in Dunbar's famous Lament) as Edinburgh's first Makar.


  • Thunder in the Air - 1967
  • Stoats in the Sunlight - 1968
  • An Ear To The Ground - 1972
  • Under The Ice - 1978
  • In The Kibble Palace - 1987
  • The Luncheon of the Boating Party - 1992
  • In The Blood - 1995
  • In The Aviary - 1995
  • Stolen Light - 1999
  • Distances - 2001
  • Ghosts at Cockcrow - 2005
  • The Loving-Cup - 2007
  • The Breakfast Room - 2010