Stewart Conn


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Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was born in Glasgow in 1936, grew up in Kilmarnock, then returned to live and work in the city before moving to Edinburgh in 1978. Stage plays include I Didn't Always Live Here (1967), The King (1967), The Burning (1971), The Aquarium (1973), Thistlewood (1975), Play Donkey (1977), Hecuba (1979), Herman (Fringe First, 1981), Hugh Miller (Fringe First, 1988), The Dominion of Fancy (1992) and Clay Bull (1998). His radio/TV adaptations range from George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe to a screenplay for Neil Gunn's Bloodhunt. A number of his plays are available in print.

Primarily a poet, he has published a substantial body of work ranging from In the Kibble Palace, The Luncheon of The Boating Party and Ghosts at Cockcrow to The Breakfast Room (SMIT Best Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Prize, 2011) and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) and most recently Against the Light (Mariscat). From 2002-2005 he was Edinburgh's inaugural Makar. He can be heard reading from his own work on

In 1992 he resigned as BBC Scotland's head of radio drama, having the previous year won a New York International Radio Festival gold medal award for his production of Carver by John Purser. He is a Fellow of the RSAMD, an honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and a Knight of Mark Twain.

Photograph by Colin Hattersley

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