Don Paterson © Paul Maddern
Don Paterson, poet and musician, was born in Dundee in 1963. He has published three collections of
poetry with Faber, translations of Machado and Rilke, and a collection of
aphorisms, The Book of Shadows
(2004). He is also editor of 101 Sonnets
(1999). He teaches creative writing at the University of St Andrews.
His first collection, Nil Nil (1993),
won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. He has twice won the
T.S. Eliot award for poetry, the second time for Landing Light (2003), which also won the Whitbread Prize for
‘Although Paterson’s poetry employs all the techniques of reflexivity –
language games, metafiction, unreliable narration – that are usually thought of
as definitively “postmodern”, it does so without falling prey to an enervated
and dislocated subjectivity … In Landing
Light Paterson seems to have found a new depth of purpose and moral
seriousness for his flinty wit to spark off’ (Adam Newey).
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University, Belfast in September 2007.
I love all films that start with rain
© All recordings copyright Don Paterson and the Seamus
Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Don read with Paul Farley, Sinead Morrissey and Paul Muldoon.