'David Scott belongs firmly to the long tradition of parson-poets that goes back at least as far as George Herbert - For all their reticence, there is a compassion in these poems and a sense of propriety' - Norman Nicholson Springing from ordinary events, or a picture, or an aspect of the priestly life, David Scott's beautifully restrained poems work up the detail into a moment of significance. They are rooted in an English culture which is found t only in locality, but also in understatement, and the sideways look. But his poetry has wider reverberations, exploring spirituality and ways of praying as well as momentary glimpses of meaning caught in everyday life. David Scott won the National Poetry Competition in 1978, and this new retrospective draws on all the books he has published since then, from A Quiet Gathering (1984) and Playing for England (1989) to Selected Poems (1998) and Piecing Together (2005), with the addition of a whole collection of new poems.
David Scott was vicar of Torpenhow and Allhallows in Cumbria for eleven years, and from 1991 until his recent retirement was Rector of St Lawrence with St Swithun in Winchester, Warden of the Diocesan School of Spirituality, and an Honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral. He now lives in Kendal. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1978, and was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1986 for his first collection, A Quiet Gathering. He has also written several plays for the National Youth Music Theatre with Jeremy James Taylor, and published four religious books published by SPCK. His latest book is Beyond the Drift: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014).