Born in Dundee in 1963, Don Paterson left school to pursue a career in music, living mostly in London and Brighton. His first book Nil Nil was published to acclaim in 1993, and in the same year he returned to Scotland as Writer in Residence at the University of Dundee. His poetry collections have gone on to win many significant awards. In 1997 he became poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, a role he demitted in 2023. An accomplished jazz guitarist, he has worked solo and with the jazz-folk ensemble, Lammas; he continues to work as a musician. For many years he taught in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, where he remains Professor Emeritus. His other work includes The Eyes, versions of Antonio Machado; Orpheus, a version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, and three books of aphorism. He also writes criticism and poetic theory, and has edited several anthologies.