Since his first collection, Nil Nil, won the Forward Prize in 1993, Don Paterson has been hailed as one of the most exciting voices in British poetry. Over seven collections – including Landing Light and 40 Sonnets – his exuberant mix of the quotidian, the surreal and the mystical has earned him countless accolades, including the TS Eliot Prize (twice), the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. A talented jazz musician and composer, a brilliantly insightful critic, and – as Poetry Editor for Picador – a long-standing champion of new voices, Paterson’s talents are astonishingly diverse, and we’re delighted to welcome him back to Kilkenny to read from his work, and to reflect on the state of poetry, in all its forms, today.