Douglas Dunn: was born in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, in 1942. After working as a librarian in Scotland and Akron, Ohio, he studied English at Hull University, graduating in 1969. He then worked for eighteen months in the university library after which, in 1971, he became a freelance writer. In 1991 he was appointed Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. As well as ten collections of poetry, including Elegies, The Year’s Afternoon and The Donkey’s Ears, he has written several radio and television plays, including “Ploughman’s Share” and “Scotsman by Moonlight.” He has won a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and has twice been awarded prizes by the Scottish Arts Council. In 1981 he was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.