Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His poetry collections include Landing Light, Rain and 40 Sonnets, as well as versions of Machado (The Eyes) and Rilke (Orpheus); he is also the author of several books of aphorism, the most recently The Fall at Home; his critical writing includes Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets and The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre. His poetry has been the recipient of several awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize on two occasions. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, and has for many years also worked as a jazz musician and composer.