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.
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