Born in Dundee, Don Paterson is an accomplished poet, author and playwright, as well as a jazz guitarist.
He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1990; in 1993, his poem, ‘A Private Bottling’ won the Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition. Paterson’s first collection of poetry, Nil Nil (1993), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. God’s Gift to Women (1997), won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scottish Award in 2002 and in 2003 his latest collection of poetry, Landing Light, won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.
His plays include ‘The Land of Cakes’ and ‘A’body’s Aberdee’.
Don Paterson is the poetry editor for the London publishers, Picador, and writes reviews for several national newspapers. He still plays guitar solo and with the jazz-folk ensemble, Lammas. He lives in Kirriemuir, Angus.