Introducing the May 2010 Readers – 3. Don Paterson

Don Paterson was born in Dundee. His first collection of poetry, Nil Nil (1993), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. God’s Gift to Women (1997) won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. The Eyes, adaptations of the work of Spanish poet Antonio Machado, was published in 1999. Landing Light (2003), won both the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award. Orpheus, his version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, was published in 2006. Rain (2009) won the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Don Paterson teaches in the school of English at the University of St Andrews and is poetry editor for Picador. An accomplished jazz guitarist, he works solo and for ten years ran the jazz-folk ensemble, Lammas, with Tim Garland.

You can read and hear some of his poems at the Poetry Archive.

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