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Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was the inaugural Edinburgh Makar (2002-2005). His collection The Breakfast Room was the 2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year; and his latest publications include The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books) and Against the Light (Mariscat Press).

In his previous existence as BBC Scotland's head of radio drama he adapted and directed a number of Muriel Spark's works, including a dramatisation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn

Poet Stewart Conn will be joined by Gerda Stevenson when they will be talking about and reading from Muriel Spark's poetry.  Spark always described herself as a poet (the word Poet in Italian is inscribed on her tombstone in Tuscany) and this talk highlights the importance of poetry to her fiction. Those who heard Stewart earlier this year at our BOOKMARK Poetry event know that this will be both entertaining and illuminating.

BOOKMARK would like to thank the Muriel Spark Society for their sponsorship of this event.


I really enjoyed the event on Friday, and I am glad the audience did too.  It‘s been an absolute pleasure. It went really well, with a very warm audience - laughter from the start put me immediately at ease.

Off to Canada in the morning with Mark Billingham. Hope they‘re as appreciative as in Blairgowrie.

Chris Brookmyre

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