Aspects of Edinburgh


Stewart Conn and John Knight

Category: Art, Poetry
: 978-1-910895-283
Format: Paperback
Pages: 56
Price: £9.99
Release date: June 2019

‘North-east the Firth, a bracelet
merging with mist; south-west
the Pentlands, sharply defined.
Directly opposite, the Castle.
A sudden gust makes me lose
my footing. Gulls slip past,
eyeing us disdainfully.’
– from From Arthur’s Seat

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.

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About the Author

Stewart Conn was Edinburgh’s Makar from 2002 to 2005. His publications include An Ear to the Ground (Poetry Book Society Choice), The Breakfast Room (2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and a new and selected volume The Touch of Time (Bloodaxe Books).

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. He retired in 2002, and was appointed OBE. His abiding devotion to the New Town of Edinburgh led him to active participation in its conservation from 1970 and to his recording of it at the turn of the 21st century. His drawing skills were honed through observation of the many buildings he worked on over 25 years.