Author details

Stuart A. Paterson


I was born in 1966, raised in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, and am a poet who writes in both English and Scots. In Kilmarnock, I founded, managed and edited ‘Spectrum’ poetry and prose review for 7 years, and founded Kilmarnock North-West Writers’ Group in 1990. I worked as a community writing tutor and organiser in the town and initiated and ran several diverse creative writing groups and projects. I moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 1996 to become the region’s writer-in-residence, before relocating to Manchester two years later to work for several years in the field of social care. In 2012, I moved back to Galloway, began writing again and currently live by the Solway coast. I’m currently the Scots Language Centre’s ‘Virtual Poet In Residence’ and have recently been involved in broadcasting workshops in Scots to several schools on Education Scotland’s GLOW network, and carrying out follow-up visits to schools involved. Examples of my work can be found on the links below, so please have a look and a listen.

About writer's work

I enjoy working with school groups in various forms, and in passing on and strengthening use of the native Scots language in a younger generation. I enjoy engaging with a wide audience, and believe that writing should be accessible to all and expressed in a way that doesn’t limit it to just a few cognoscenti. I enjoy writing poetry that is open and comprehensible and involves depth, humour and rhythm. I find that writing in Scots allows me to use a breadth of expression sometimes unavailable in English, and enjoy the traditional lyrical, musical forms and sounds that the Scots language offers to whoever speaks, sings and writes in it. I enjoy occasional verse, ballads and tales, and the sort of poetry that allows the telling of tales by neglected voices and places, such as my poetry about 14 years spent working in child and social care. I don’t enjoy obscurity for the sake of it but I love the shared experience of commonality, irrespective of borders and nationalities.


2014 – Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, from the Scottish Book Trust

1997 – UK Small Presses Federation inaugural Poetry Slam winner.

1993 – Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary

1992 – Eric Gregory Award, from the UK Society of Authors

Websites featuring the author

Write Out LoudFacebookGlasgow West End blogWriting for the RLS Fellowship: Scottish Book Trust'At Douglas Hall': StAnza Poetry MapYouTube: Stuart Paterson and Scots LanguageYouTube: Stuart Paterson: Being Writer in ResidenceYouTube: Stuart Paterson: Ma ThochtsScottish Poetry LibraryIndigo Dream Profile

Current events and projects

Working on a book of Scots-Gaelic and Gaelic-Scots translations of poems by myself and a Gaelic poet, to be published by Tapsalteerie Press in 2016.

Finalising two collections of Scots poetry, one for children (bairnrhymes) and one for adults, to be published by Tapsalteerie Press.

Awaiting publication of collected poems from the past 15 years.

Other work

Work included in the following anthologies:

Scotia Nova: Poems For The Early Days Of A Better Nation, Luath Press, 2014 & 2015
McMillan’s Gallovidian Encyclopedia, Luath Press, 2015
Best Of Manchester Poets Volumes I-III, Puppywolf, 2010-13
Dream State: The New Scottish Poets 2nd Edition, Polygon, 2002
Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century, Scottish Cultural Press, 2001
New Writing Scotland: Friends and Kangaroos, ASLS, 1999
Spirit of Flight: Poems of Aviation, NationalMuseums of Scotland, 1999
The Ice Horses, Scottish Cultural Press, 1996
A Year in Poetry: A Treasury of Classic and Modern Verses, Crown Publishing, 1995
The Forward Book of Poetry 1994, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994
The Gregory Anthology 1991-93, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994
Dream State: The New Scottish Poets, Polygon, 1993

And in various magazines, newspapers and journals including:

The Scotsman, The Herald, Australian Poetry Journal, Northwords Now, Gutter, Westerly (Australia), Lallans, The Journal of Stevenson Studies, Contemporary Verse (Canada), Poetry Salzburg, Chapman, Lines Review, Agenda, New Contrast (RSA), New Welsh Review and many others.


2000-2002 – Member of England’s North West Arts’ Artists Into Schools scheme.

1994-98 – Member of the Scottish Arts Council’s Writers In Public Scheme.

Script-reader for Writing On The Edge, new writing for Border TV, 1996.

April/May 1996 – Life Lines, an exhibition of original poetry & installation, held over 4 weeks at The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock.

The Famous Langport Fruit Salad Co., performance revue of original poetry & music, staged with poet Tony Charles over 2 weeks at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1994.


Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Performance Poet, Poet, Storyteller, Writer


English, Scots

Books written


Author(s): Stuart A. Paterson
Tapsalteerie reckon Stuart to be amongst the best poets currently writing in Scots, with the poems in Aye making full use of the power, range and depth of the language.
Book Cover

Snow Light

Author(s): Stuart A. Paterson
A collaboration of winter landscape paintings and poems. Published by Simon Parker

Saving Graces

Author(s): Stuart A. Paterson
Book of poetry.