John Purser is a composer, musicologist, and music historian. He is also a poet and playwright, having published four books of poetry, the latest being There Is No Night: new and selected poems (2014). He was born in Glasgow of Irish parents in 1942, educated at Lathallan School and Fettes College, and in 1963 studied Composition, Singing and Violoncello at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1992 his book Scotland's Music won him the McVitie Scottish Writer of the Year Prize. An expanded edition of Scotland's Music was published by Mainstream in 2007 to accompany his second eponymous radio series for BBC Scotland. Of his six radio plays commissioned by the BBC, Carver won a Giles Cooper Award and was published by Methuen. He lives on the Island of Skye.