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Aspects of Edinburgh

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A line drawing of edinburgh from Inverleith park looking out across the city
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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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The book of poems is seamlessly punctuated with delicate drawings by John Knight. Through Conn's words and Knight's images, they manage to translate the feeling of Edinburgh onto paper. Having spent two decades living in Glasgow, Conn observes the folk of Edinburgh with fresh eyes and notices things in a way locals may not. Knight's drawings, in both black and white and colour, give real life to this charming collection of poems.

– Scottish Field

‘Scotland Street Press have produced a pocket inspiration for our impressions of Old Town and New. Everyone who loves Edinburgh will cherish this book. It is heartening to turn the pages of this perceptive and finely realised response to the city’s beauty in poetry and drawing.’

– Donald Smith, Edinburgh Old Town Association Newsletter August 2019

'Stewart Conn’s ability to transcribe the city and unearth its character has not faded with time’

– Nick Major, The National

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Stewart Conn

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John Knight

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).
about the artist
A senior architect in the Ancient Monument Branch of the DoE/PSA and later with Historic Scotland, John Knight retired in 2002 and was appointed OBE. His abiding devotion to the New Town of Edinburgh led him to active participation in its conservation and to artistic recording it through drawing.
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‘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 Arthur’s Seat

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