Mark Kilburn

Author of ‘Beautiful Fish

Mark Kilburn was born in Birmingham and lived for a number of years in Scandinavia.

Between 1996-98 he was writer in residence at the City Open Theatre, Arhus, Denmark; and in 2001 he was awarded a Canongate Prize for new fiction.

In 2012 he won the ABCtales poetry competition and in 2020 was placed first in the Cerasus Poetry Olympics competition.

His novel, Hawk Island, is available from

Mark Kilburn
Beautiful Fish

This lake into which we fall
is a giant echo-chamber
alive with water’s mystery and current.

It sings ghost-memories before its invisible
master, confuses heaven with earth –
a pleasure-chute beneath the sky

that drags us back in time revealing
past secrets of our love.

(Extract from ‘A Druid’s Lake In West Cornwall)

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