TRIBUTES have poured in for the acclaimed Dunfermline-born poet and novelist John Burnside following his death at the age of 69.

Born in the city in 1955, he spent his early life in Cowdenbeath before moving to Corby, Northamptonshire.

His publisher, Jonathan Cape, confirmed the poet had died on Wednesday following a short illness.

Burnside won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Feast Days (1992), the Whitbread Poetry Award for The Asylum Dance (2000), the Saltire Book of the Year for A Lie About My Father (2006), and in 2011 won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for Black Cat Bone.

He wrote regularly for a number of publications including the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the New Yorker.

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In 2023, he received the highly prestigious David Cohen Prize, awarded biennially in recognition of an author’s entire body of work.

He studied English and European Literature at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and went on to become a writer-in-residence at the University of Dundee and a professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.

He published his first collection, The Hoop, in 1988, then worked with Robin Robertson, an editor at Secker & Warburg, and later at Jonathan Cape, right up to the publication of his most recent collection, Ruin, Blossom, in 2024.

In a statement, Vintage Books said: "We are devastated by the death of our beloved writer John Burnside, one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation."

Hannah Westland, Publishing Director of Jonathan Cape, said: "John Burnside had a particularly miraculous ability to perceive and articulate both the wonders of the natural world and the everyday miracles that make up our lives.

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"His work was mysterious but never mystifying, quite the opposite – he made sense of strangeness and to read him was to feel a lighting-up of the darkness. We cherished and will go on cherishing him and his work."

Robin Robertson, John's long-standing editor and Poetry Publisher of Jonathan Cape, said: "It was one of the privileges of my life to work with John Burnside. Flawed but fearless, fabulously gifted, he was a truly great writer."

Anna Webber, Burnside's literary agent, said: "This is an immense loss. John Burnside had a unique voice that brought pleasure and solace to many readers across the globe.

"His work was characterised by deep empathy and understanding. He was finely attuned to the natural world, but also to people. These traits, so clearly visible in his writing, also marked out the man himself. John was kind and gentle and generous, and I will miss him terribly."

John is survived by his wife Sarah, sons Lucas and Gil, and grandson Apollo.