Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn lives in Edinburgh and was, from 2002 to 2005, the city's inaugural Makar. This led directly to his writing 'Roull of Corstorphin', which he performed at StAnza in 2011 with musician John Sampson. His plays have been staged and broadcast here and abroad, and his poetry is widely anthologised. His poetry publications include Ghosts at Cockcrow, The Breakfast Room (2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year), The Touch of Time, and most recently Against the Light. As a BBC Radio Drama producer, he adapted and abridged a number of works by Muriel Spark.

Photo: Leslie Burgher


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Stewart Conn on Muriel Spark
Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin on Mary, Queen of Scots

Fri 3 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber



On that sinuous passage from infancy
and youth's buoyancy through middle
life to advanced years, the one certainty
is a gathering of momentum consistent
with time's flow – something scarcely
uppermost in my mind as the trout
I'm playing draws me downstream,
till rocked by the tidal undertow I fight
to retain my balance: hard to know
where the river ends and the sea begins.


Stewart Conn

From The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2014)