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Stewart Conn

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Stewart Conn was born in Glasgow and grew up in Ayrshire.

After studying at the University of Glasgow, he joined BBC Scotland, eventually becoming Senior Radio Drama Producer, a position he held until 1992.

He has lived in Edinburgh since 1977, and from 2002-2005 was the first poet laureate of the capital, the Edinburgh Makar. His poetry has been widely anthologised and translated and he is the author of several collections of poetry including: An Ear to the Ground (1972), a Poetry Book Society Choice; In the Blood (1995); Stolen Light: Selected Poems (1999), shortlisted for the 2000 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award; Ghosts at Cockcrow (2005); The Loving Cup (2007); The Breakfast Room (2010); and Estuary (2012).

He is also a playwright, two of his best-known plays being The Burning (1973), first performed in 1971, and Herman (2008), first produced in 1981. Other plays include The King (1970); Thistlewood (1979); Play Donkey (1980); and I Didn't Always Live Here (2013). Herman and Hugh Miller (2002) won Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards. His dramatisation of George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe (St. Magnus Festival, 1998) and 4 Folk Tales (performed by the LSO at St Luke's, Covent Garden in 2008), were set to music by Alasdair Nicolson.

He has edited or co-edited the anthologies Goldfish Suppers (2004), a selection of new poetry for children; The Hand that Sees (2005), commemorating 500 years of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (2006).

Stewart Conn is a member of Scottish PEN, a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Honorary President of Edinburgh's Shore Poets. In 2006 he was awarded the inaugural Institute of Contemporary Scotland's Iain Crichton Smith Award for services to literature. In 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

His latest poetry collection is The Touch of Time: New and Selected Poetry (2014).


The Touch of Time: New and Selected Poems
The Breakfast Room
Play Donkey
The Loving-Cup
100 Favourite Scottish Poems
The Hand that Sees
Ghosts at Cockcrow
Goldfish Suppers
Hugh Miller (1802-1856)
Distances: a personal evocation of people and places
Stolen Light: Selected Poems
The Ice Horses
At the Aviary
In The Blood
The Luncheon of the Boating Party
In the Kibble Palace
A Decade's Drama; 6 Scottish plays
Under the Ice
The Aquarium
New Poems 1973-1974
The Burning
An Ear to the Ground
Corgi Modern Poets in Focus: 3
New English Dramatists 14
Playbill Two
Stoats in the Sunlight
The Chinese Tower
Thunder in the Air


Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Poetry Book of the Year
Institute of Contemporary Scotland Iain Crichton Smith Award
Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award
Society of Authors Travel Award
Scottish Arts Council Book Award
Scottish Radio Industries Club Best Play Award
Scottish Arts Council Book Award
Scottish Arts Council Poetry Award
Eric Gregory Award