The history and character of Edinburgh infuse every piece in Stewart Conn’s new collection. Stewart’s poems, paired with John Knight’s beautifully detailed illustrations, evoke the spirit of the city and its unique aspects. Knight’s pieces are not simply illustrative. The poems and illustrations complement and enhance each other, showing us how the essence of the city infuses every stone.
Donald Smith writes of Aspects of Edinburgh that “It is heartening to turn the pages of this perceptive and finely realised response to the city’s beauty in poetry and drawing.” Read the full excerpt here.
About the Author
Stewart Conn was Edinburgh’s Makar from 2002 to 2005. He has published poetry collections, which include An Ear to the Ground (Poetry Book Society Choice), The Breakfast Room (2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and a new volume, The Touch of Time (Bloodaxe Books). He published Aspects of Edinburgh with Scotland Street Press.
John Knight‘s career began with the Cumbernauld Development Corporation. He was senior architect in the Ancient Monument Branch of the DoE/PSA, subsequently Historic Scotland, now HES. Then, he retired in 2002, and was appointed OBE. Because of his abiding devotion to the New Town of Edinburgh, he took an active role in its conservation from 1970 and to his recording of it at the turn of the 21st century. As a result, he honed his drawing skills through observation of the many buildings he worked on over 25 years.