A Potter, a Painter and a Poet

Book cover - A Potter, a Painter and a PoetThis book and DVD celebrates Elizabeth Burns’ last collaboration with potter Paul Tebble and painter Anne Gilchrist documenting the work inspired by a Scottish woodland that culminated in an exhibition. The catalogue includes beautiful photography from the exhibitions, essays exploring the ideas, contexts and processes behind the collaboration. Also with contributions from Paul Tebble and Anne Gilchrist, a DVD of Sitar Rose’s film about the collaboration and a collection of all Elizabeth Burns’ poetry from the exhibitions – including previously unpublished work.

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This collection explores the complex ways in which people and things are held – both metaphorically and physically – in the world. Through motifs of vessels and containers, the poems investigate the relationships between presence and absence, resilience and fragility. As delicate as they are vivid, the poems in Held resonate with breathtaking emotional power.

 Polygon Books · 2010 ·

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The painterly clarity of these poems is graced by flawless craftsmanship and beauty of language. Tender yet tenacious, they wondrously enfold the fragility of our lives and make the heart soar.  Stewart Conn

The Lantern Bearers

The Lantern BearersThe Lantern Bearers begins with birth and motherhood, moves through landscapes and hidden histories, and ends with a sequence on the life and art of the painter Gwen John.

Shoestring Press · 2007 ·
Cover artwork: Silvana McLean

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These poems are like handmade lace, detailed and accurate, carefully constructed with an unswerving eye for detail. The North
Very potent writing: powerful and enjoyable. Other Poetry

The Gift of Light

The Gift of LightThis collections travels from Scotland and Cornwall to Egypt and the memories of war in Europe, and includes poems on Julian of Norwich and WS Graham.

diehard · 1999 ·

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Ophelia and other poems

Ophelia and other poemsShortlisted for a Saltire Award for First Book of the Year

A book that ‘dwells on the intimacies of love and friendship… The delicacy of Burns’ attention is matched by the rhythms and spaces of her verse.’


Polygon · 1991 · Out of print

Her forceful, emotional rhythms are counterpointed by a cool intellect, but her eye is never dispassionate… Burns writes with a painterly richness. Poetry Wales

…her vision is sharp and clear and full of power; she shows us what we might otherwise have missed. Northlight