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John Burnside

Name  John Burnside
Role  Writer

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Books  The Dumb House, glister, A Summer of Drowning, Black Cat Bone, A Lie About My Father
Similar People  Maurice Riordan, Harold Bloom, Iain Crichton Smith, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wallace Stevens

Education  Anglia Ruskin University

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John Burnside (born 19 March 1955) is a Scottish writer, born in Dunfermline. He is one of only two poets (the other being Sean O'Brien) to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book (Black Cat Bone).

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Life and works

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Burnside studied English and European Thought and Literature at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. A former computer software engineer, he has been a freelance writer since 1996. He is a former Writer in Residence at the University of Dundee and is now Professor in Creative Writing at St Andrews University., where he teaches creative writing, literature and ecology and American poetry. His first collection of poetry, The Hoop, was published in 1988 and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Other poetry collections include Common Knowledge (1991), Feast Days (1992), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and The Asylum Dance (2000), winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award and shortlisted for both the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the T. S. Eliot Prize. The Light Trap (2001) was also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His 2011 collection, Black Cat Bone, was awarded The Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Burnside is also the author of a collection of short stories, Burning Elvis (2000), and several novels, including The Dumb House (1997), The Devil's Footprints, (2007), Glister, (2009) and A Summer of Drowning, (2011). His multi-award winning memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in 2006 and its successor, Waking Up In Toytown, in 2010. His short stories and feature essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Guardian and The London Review of Books, among others. He also writes an occasional nature column for New Statesman. In 2011 he received the Petrarca-Preis, a major German international literary prize.

Burnside's work is inspired by his engagement with nature, environment and deep ecology. His collection of short stories, Something Like Happy, was published in 2013.

In March 2016 Burnside was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy for science and letters.


  • 1988 Scottish Arts Council Book Award, for The Hoop
  • 1991 Scottish Arts Council Book Award, for Common Knowledge
  • 1994 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, for Feast Days
  • 1999 Encore Award for The Mercy Boys
  • 2000 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection – shortlist), for The Asylum Dance
  • 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist), for The Asylum Dance
  • 2000 Whitbread Book Award, Poetry Award, for The Asylum Dance
  • 2002 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award (shortlist), for The Light Trap
  • 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist), for The Light Trap
  • 2005 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection - shortlist), for The Good Neighbour
  • 2006 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award for A Lie About My Father
  • 2008 Cholmondeley Award
  • 2011 Petrarca-Preis
  • 2011 PEN/Ackerley prize (shortlist) for Waking Up in Toytown
  • 2011 Corine Literature Prize for A Lie About My Father
  • 2011 Forward Prize for Black Cat Bone
  • 2011 Costa Book Awards (Novel), shortlist, A Summer of Drowning
  • 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for Black Cat Bone
  • References

    John Burnside Wikipedia

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