Poet and novelist John Burnside discusses his creative process and some of the unique challenges and opportunities that writing and publishing present today. Steven W. Beattie interviews.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
John Burnside is a poet, fiction writer and memoirist. His most recent poetry collections are All One Breath and Black Cat Bone, which won both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prize. His collection of short stories, Something Like Happy, won both the Edge Hill Prize and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. He is the author of the novels A Summer of Drowning and The Dumb House, and teaches at the University of St Andrews. Burnside presents The Glister, a profound, page-turning novel about innocence, evil, morality and the dark corners of the human psyche.