Don is particularly interested in postgraduate applicants wishing to work on versification and prosody, theoretical aspects of poetic composition (especially where they overlap with cognitive science, music theory and digital technology) and very short prose forms.



Rain (Faber, 2009)

Orpheus - after Rilke's Die Sonette an Orpheus (Faber, 2006)

Landing Light (Faber, 2003 / Graywolf, 2004)

The White Lie: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2001)

The Eyes, after the poetry of Antonio Machado (Faber, 1999)

God's Gift to Women (Faber, 1997)

Nil Nil (Faber, 1993)


Reading Shakespeare's 'Sonnets' (Faber, 2010)


Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008)

The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007)

The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004)


New British Poetry, with Charles Simic (Graywolf, 2004)

Don't Ask Me What I Mean: Poets in Their Own Words, with Clare Brown (Picador, 2003)

Robert Burns: A Selection (Faber, 2001)

Last Words, with Jo Shapcott (Picador, 2000)

101 Sonnets (Faber, 1999)


Don has also contributed poems, reviews and articles to many UK and US broadsheets and literary journals.

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets 
Landing light 
The Eyes 
God's gift to women 
Nil Nil 
Best thought, worst thought 
The blind eye 
The book of shadows 
New British poetry 
Don't ask me what I mean 
Robert Burns 
101 Sonnets 
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Prof Don Paterson

Education and Experience

Don Paterson was born and schooled in Dundee. Before becoming Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Dundee, he worked as a professional musician and composer, as an arts columnist for Scotland on Sunday, and as video games reviewer for the Times. Don has also written drama for the radio and for the stage, and he has been Poetry Editor for Picador since 1997. His work has received the Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize, twice. Don is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of English Association; he was awarded the OBE in 2008, and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

Don regrets that he cannot be contacted through the University regarding any matters relating to Picador Macmillan.

Research Interests

Don has published five collections of poetry, two books of aphorism, a number of edited anthologies, and a commentary on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He is currently working on a new collection of poetry, a lengthy technical manual on ars poetica, and a prose book about music.

PhD Supervision

Katherine Bone, Patrick Errington, Jennifer Baker, and Rosa Campbell

MFA Supervision

Mhairi Owens, Sean Robinson

Don Paterson

Contact information

Room: CH21
Phone: 2684

Consultation hours:
Tue 10-11, 1-2

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Mature Students Officer