Stuart A. Paterson is a Scottish poet and performer, widely published in newspapers and magazines at home and abroad.
Stuart Paterson received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 1992 and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014. He was writer-in-residence for Dumfries & Galloway 1996-98, and was appointed the Scots Language Centre’s Virtual Poet in Residence 2015-2016. In 2019, the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, Stuart spent a commissioned month lecturing and carrying out workshops in schools, communities and Rhodes University in Grahamstown, the Republic of South South Africa. He encouraged many to write poems in their native isiXhosa and isiZulu and took part in the first ever Scots-isiXhosa poetry reading with Imbongi praise poets in Amazwi, the RSA Museum of Literature. In 2020, he was publicly voted Scots Writer of the Year at the national Scots Language Awards. He lives in Nithsdale, south-west Scotland.