About Stewart Conn

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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 revealed as the human heart.  Bearing this out is his constant probing of the fragility and interplay of our lives and affections – often illuminating these through music and works of art. 

Latest among his many Bloodaxe collections are The Breakfast Room and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems, while most recently Aspects of Edinburgh (Scotland Street Press), a selection of his Edinburgh poems set alongside drawings of the city by John Knight, has been called 'a delightful, coherent, little paean to the city' (Lesley Duncan/The Herald).

Married with two adult sons, he lives in Edinburgh and was from 2002-2005 the capital's inaugural laureate.  He has appeared at poetry festivals here and abroad, and read on numerous occasions at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  He recently recorded a selection of work for The Poetry Archive.