Don Paterson (Author) Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His previous poetry collections include Nil Nil, God's Gift to Women, Landing Light, Rain and 40 Sonnets. He has also published two books of aphorism, as well as translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. Nick Laird (Author) Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His debut collection, To a Fault (2005), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize; his second, On Purpose (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives between New York and London. Kathleen Jamie (Author) Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry collections include the selection Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead: Poems 1980-1994 (2002); The Tree House (2004), winner of both the Forward Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; The Overhaul (2012), which won the Costa Poetry Award; and The Bonniest Companie (2015). Her non-fiction books include the highly regarded Findings and Sightlines. She is Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University, and lives with her family in Fife.
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