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John Burnside

Scotland (b.1955)

John Burnside is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. His areas of specialisation include creative writing, ecology and literature, American literature, poetry and philosophy.

His most recent publications include the poetry collections The Light Trap (Jonathan Cape, 2003), The Good Neighbour (Jonathan Cape, 2005) and Gift Songs (Jonathan Cape, 2007), the novels Living Nowhere (Jonathan Cape, 2004) and The Devil's Footprints (Jonathan Cape, 2007), and a personal memoir, A Lie About My Father (Jonathan Cape, 2006). Forthcoming from Jonathan Cape in 2008 is Glister (a novel). He is currently working on a second volume of personal memoir, probisionally entitled Waking Up in Toytown and due out in 2009, as well as a book of essays on poetry, visual art and ecology theory.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Mystery
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   The Hoop (poems) (1988)
   Common Knowledge (poems) (1991)
   Feast Days (poems) (1992)
   The Myth of the Twin (poems) (1994)
   Swimming in the Flood (poems) (1995)
   A Normal Skin (poems) (1997)
   Sense Data (poems) (1998)
   The Asylum Dance (poems) (2000)
   Burning Elvis (2000)
   The Light Trap (poems) (2002)
   The Good Neighbour (poems) (2005)
   Selected Poems (poems) (2006)
   Gift Songs (poems) (2007)
   Crimespotting (2009) (with Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Chris Brookmyre, Isla Dewar, A L Kennedy, Denise Mina, Ian Rankin and James Robertson)
   The Hunt in the Forest (poems) (2009)
   Black Cat Bone (poems) (2011)
   All One Breath (poems) (2014)
   Still Life with Feeding Snake (poems) (2017)
   The Music of Time (poems) (2019)
   Learning to Sleep (poems) (2021)
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   Havergey (2017)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (2006) : A Lie About My Father
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : The Devil's Footprints
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : A Summer of Drowning
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (2013) : Something Like Happy

John Burnside recommends
Hue & Cry (2009)
(Hew Cullan, book 1)
Shirley McKay
"A gripping mystery that holds the reader to the very last page, and a marvellous portrait of St Andrews in the 16th Century."

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