John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs are famed for their blend of wisdom, wit and humanity – they have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize.
A fascinating and prolific writer, John is with us to celebrate not just one, but two new publications.
Ashland & Vine is a profound, mysterious, deeply moving novel – the story of an unlikely friendship that transcends time, age and the limits of narrative. It reveals the unexpected grace that comes of listening to another’s history, while telling, as carefully as we can, what we know of our own.
His new poetry collection, Still Life with Feeding Snake, explores the edges of our individual realities, of the known and the incomprehensible unknown.