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Stewart Conn has been called 'one of Scotland's most skilled and wide-ranging poets'. His work, with its distinctive rhythmic and lyrical qualities, has been widely published, anthologised and translated. Among its settings are the Ayrshire of his boyhood; Glasgow and Edinburgh where he has spent the bulk of his family and working life; the distinctive land and seascapes of the Scottish highlands and western isles; and regions of France and Italy. Time and again, though, its true arena is the human heart, as borne out by a steady probing of the fragility and interplay of our lives and affections—often illuminated through music and works of art.

This is evident in his latest publication, Underwood (2022); while its predecessor Aspects of Edinburgh (2019)—a selection of his poems set alongside drawings by John Knight—was seen as 'a delightful, coherent, little paean to the city' (Lesley Duncan/The Herald). The most recent of his many Bloodaxe collections is The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (2014). And as editor, his latest anthology is the stimulating Other Worlds: Scottish Island Poems (Polygon, 2022). He has recorded a selection of his work for The Poetry Archive.

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