About Stewart Conn





Forthcoming & recent

Sunday 7th October 2018 (2.00-3.00)

Mistress of Unease: The Poetry of Muriel Spark

Stewart Conn highlights especially her spectral figures, and her love for the Ballads

Readings by Gerda Stevenson

part of Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens Bookmark Festival

Muriel Spark portrait by Alexander Moffat

Blairgowrie Community Campus

Tickets: £15  for the full day of events celebrating 100 years of Muriel Spark

Thursday 4th October 2018 at 12.30

Rededication of the Poetry Tree in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
on National Poetry Day

Readers: past and current city makars Stewart Conn, Ron Butlin, Christine De Luca and Alan Spence 

All welcome.

The Poetry Tree, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

wee haiku of a tree—
smallest in the garden
but holding its own

Alan Spence,
Edinburgh Makar

Saturday 7th April 2018 (10.30-11.30: coffee at 10.15)

Edinburgh: City in a Landscape

A poetry reading by Stewart Conn

Royal Overseas League in the Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh

Entry £5

Saturday 17th March 2018 14.30-16.30

Blairgowrie Bookmark Festival

Three Scottish Poets: Stewart Conn, Gerda Stevenson & John Glenday
St Catherine's Church Hall, George Street, Blairgowrie

£7 (£6 members)

Wednesday 7th February 2018: 12.45-13.30

Mistress of Unease: the Poetry of Muriel Spark
The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre,
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Muriel Spark claimed: “Although most of my life has been devoted to fiction, I have always thought of myself as a poet”. Stewart Conn responds especially to the spectral figures and echoes of the Ballads which mark her as a Mistress of Unease. 
Readings by Gerda Stevenson.
Free, unticketed

Wednesday 17th January 2018: 2.30-3.30

U3A Open Meeting:
Edinburgh: City in a Landscape – poems.
Epsworth Halls, Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX.

Entrance: a nominal £1

Friday 3rd March 2017: 14.15-1515

StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews
Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Queen's Gardens:

Past and Present
Stewart Conn on the Poetry of Muriel Spark
Emmanuelle Lacare-Martin on Mary, Queen of Scots

Admission: £4.00/£3.00

Thursday 5th January, 2017 (6.00-6.45pm)

Edinburgh at the Year's Midnight by Stewart Conn

Scottish National Gallery, The Mound

A winter journey in poetry and music through Scotland's capital city, with Simon Donaldson and Siobhan Redmond (readers) and Anna- Wendy Stevenson (fiddle)

(free, unticketed)

Sunday 30th October 2016 : 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Shore Poets  25th Anniversary Celebration
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Readers: Stewart Conn, Tom Pow & John Purser
Music from The Whole Shebang

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Wednesday 14 September 2016 (18.30 for 19.00)

2016  John Masefield Lecture

Presented by The Poetry Association of Scotland
and the Muriel Spark Society

Mistress of Unease : the poetry of Muriel Spark
by Stewart Conn

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Tickets at the door (£5 or £4 concessions).

Wine reception from 6.30 - 7 pm.  The talk will begin at 7 pm and last about one hour.

Thursday 18th August (19.00)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Awards
Judges: Stewart Conn and Jackie Kay

Tuesday, 9th February (18.00 for 18.30)

Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh
Mariscat Press Launch: Against the Light, alongside Tom Pow's At the Well of Love.

Sunday, 10th January 2016 (16.30) and Sat 16th January (23.30)

Edinburgh at the Year's Midnight

A Winter Journey, in Poetry, through Scotland's Capital City

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio Four—readers Gordon Kennedy, Siobhan Redmond and Stewart Conn, music by Aly Macrae, directed by Marilyn Imrie.

St Magnus Festival, Orkney 2015 / Poet-in-residence

Monday, 22nd June (11.00)

The Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Illustrated reading: A Poet's Palette

Saturday, 20th June (14.30)

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness [Orkney Writers' Course]
Talk: The Poet's Voice

Saturday, 20th June (11.00)

Stromness Parish Church
Poetry Reading: The Touch of Time 

Wednesday 4th February, 2015 (7.00 pm)

A Mischief of Makars
Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
Mariscat reading with Christine De Luca and Jim Carruth



Stewart Conn has given many readings over the years at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and elsewhere:  in the British Library's millenium season, at the Voice Box in the Royal Festival Hall, at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, at Alloway on the 250th anniversary of Burns's birth, in the Scottish Poetry Library and at Poetry Festivals ranging from Aberdeen, Bath and Bristol to Tetova, Vilnius and Zagreb. 

He and wind virtuoso John Sampson have presented 'Roull of Corstorphin' on a variety of occasions (including the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Old Town Festival, and for the Henrysoun Society in Dunfermline) since its first performance in the National Library of Scotland.

In 2010 he appeared at the Ullapool Book Festival, Aberdeen Word Festival and Wigtown Book Festival.  In Oct 2004, during his tenure as Makar, he read Emissaries, which was specially commissioned for the occasion, at Edinburgh's World City of Literature presentation in the UNESCO building in Paris.



We come wearing neither the sackcloth
of supplicants, nor the helmet of presumption,
but on winged sandals of aspiration,
bearing the triple-edged sword
of language; confident as guardians
of the written word that borders are best
kept open, through the traffic of tongues.

Emissaries for Scotland and its capital
past, present and future,
the hand-fast we proffer confirms
our belief that a nation's blood-flow
is enhanced and enriched by
transfusion from other cultures:
a sharing of the heart's vocabulary.