John Burnside

John Burnside was born in West Fife when rationing was still in force. His 2011 collection, Black Cat Bone, won both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Prize; his radio play Coldhaven was voted the best production in Germany in 2017; and his most recent novel is Ashland & Vine (which was written before Donald Trump came to power in the USA). He publishes occasionally in The London Review of Books, and writes a regular nature column for The New Statesman.

Photo: (c) Lucas


Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2019

Wed 6 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Thursday evening
20:00 Reading – A.E. Stallings
21:00 Reading – John Burnside​​​​​​​

Thu 7 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

The StAnza 2019 Lecture: John Burnside »

‘The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it’

Thu 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Round Table »

Enjoy an intimate reading with John Burnside

Sat 9 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | £6.50/£4.50 | The Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street