Andy Jackson is a poet and editor of several anthologies. His first collection The Assassination Museum was published in 2010 by Red Squirrel Press, followed by further collections including 2020’s The Saints Are Coming (Blue Diode Publishing) which featured forty poems inspired by patron saints of unusual things. He edited Split Screen (Red Squirrel, 2012), an anthology of poems inspired by icons of popular culture. Its 2014 sequel Double Bill was selected by the late Clive James as one of his three favourite books of that year. Subsequent poetry projects focused on politics, cycling and Scottish culture. In 2013 he co-edited Whaleback City (with W. N. Herbert), an anthology featuring six centuries of poetry about the city of Dundee. He is co-editor of the magazine Poetry Scotland and runs the Otwituaries blog. He is a board member for Lapidus Scotland, a charity promoting creative writing as a tool for enhancing well-being among people struggling with mental or physical illness. He was elected Makar (poet laureate) for the Federation of Writers Scotland for the year of 2017. He regularly hosts poetry workshops for a variety of organisations, and his work has appeared in over forty magazines and anthologies. Andy previously worked for the NHS and as Medical Librarian at the University of Dundee. He was also a lecturer in digital and research skills in higher education until his retirement in 2020. He was born in Salford but moved to the east of Scotland in 1992 and lives with his wife in Perthshire.
University of Stirling 2021/22