ABOUT POETS: DOUGLAS DUNN

Douglas Dunn: ‘It’s a condition of verse / That it should make life worse’. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian, 11 January 2018
Douglas Dunn: ‘It’s a condition of verse / That it should make life worse’. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian, 11 January 2018

The British Council introduces Douglas Dunn as follows:

Professor Douglas Dunn was born on on 23 October 1942 in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire.

He was educated first at the Scottish School of Librarianship, and then at the University of Hull, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in English. Prior to studying at Hull, he worked as a librarian in Scotland and Akron, Ohio. He is Professor of English and Director of St Andrew’s Scottish Studies Institute at St Andrew’s University. He has served as a member of the Scottish Arts Council (1992-4) and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Dundee (Law) and Hull (Literature). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1981. He is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to newspapers and journals including the Glasgow Herald, the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement.

Dunn’s first collection of poetry, Terry Street, was published in 1969, and was awarded both a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Love or Nothing (1974) was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1976. His other poetry books include St. Kilda’s Parliament (1981), winner of the Hawthornden Prize in 1981, and the acclaimed Elegies (1985), written after the death of his wife, winner of Whitbread Book of the Year. Secret Villages, a collection of short stories, was published in 1985. More recent publications include a collection of short stories, Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1995), and three poetry collections, The Donkey’s Ears (2000), The Year’s Afternoon (2000) and New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (2003).

In addition to his collections of poetry and short stories, Dunn has edited various anthologies and critical works, the most recent being Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry (2006). He has also written several television and radio plays, and has published a translation of Racine’s Andromache (1990).

Douglas Dunn lives in Scotland. He was awarded an OBE in 2003.

The links below provide a comprehensive overview.

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