Friday, April 16, 2010
Ian Burgham's third collection of poetry, The Grammar of Distance was published in the spring of 2010 by Tightrope Books. His poetic landscapes frequent the windswept coasts of Scotland; but in this collection, we also find him doing terribly Canadian things like snowshoeing, surveying, chopping wood. Born in New Zealand and raised in Canada, Burgham has lived and worked for extended periods of time in both New Zealand and Scotland. He studied literature at Queen’s University and at the University of Edinburgh. He worked as an editor for Canongate Publishing and later became the head of Macdonald Publishing in Edinburgh. His previous books are A Confession of Birds, a poetry chapbook published in the UK in 2004, and The Stone Skippers which came out in 2007 and was nominated for the 2008 Relit Award.