1 March, 2021 1 p.m.

Creative Conversations at University of Glasgow

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Don Paterson is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. He is the author of seven books of poetry and two books of aphorism, and also works as a guitarist and composer.

His collections of poetry are Nil Nil (Faber, 1993), God’s Gift to Women (Faber, 1997), The Eyes (after Antonio Machado, Faber, 1999), Landing Light (Faber, 2003; Graywolf, 2004), Orpheus (a version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, Faber, 2006), Rain (Faber, 2009; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), Selected Poems (Faber, 2014) and 40 Sonnets (Faber, 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).

Patterson’s two books of aphorism are The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004) and The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007), and a compendium, Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008); a third is in preparation.

Paterson has twice won both the Whitbread/Costa Poetry Prize (2003, 2015) and the T S Eliot Prize (1997, 2003), along with a number of other awards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, all three Forward Prizes (1994, 2009, 2010) and a Cholmondeley award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

Creative Conversations is programmed by the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme and funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.

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