Poet and author Douglas Dunn was born in Renfrewshire. He trained as a librarian and worked in England and the US, but returned to Britain in 1966 during the Vietnam draft. In 1971 he became a freelance writer and has since written plays, short stories and poetry, for which he has won many awards. The early death of his wife in 1981 brought about his collection of poems, ‘Elegies’, which was Whitbread Book of the Year in 1985. In 1984 Dunn moved back to Scotland, where he held several writer-in-residence posts. In 1991 he was made professor of English and later Director of the Scottish Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews. He received an OBE in 2003. This bust was created from life as part of a series of twelve sculptures of poets for Edinburgh Park.