The Picador Book of Funeral Poems
Designed for those in need of poetic solace, and a gift book for the recently bereaved, it is also intended as a book to read from at memorial ceremonies, when judging the tone and hitting the right note is everything
Don Paterson was born in 1963 in Dundee. His collections of poetry are Nil Nil, God's Gift to Women, The Eyes, Landing Light, Orpheus (a version of Rilke's Die Sonette an Orpheus) and Rain. His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.