Brian McCabe was born in a small mining community near Edinburgh. He studied philosophy and English literature at Edinburgh University. He has lived as a freelance writer since 1980. He has held various writing fellowships, most recently at the University of Edinburgh. He was the Scottish/Canadian exchange fellow in 1988–89. His books have won several Scottish Arts Council book awards, and he won the Canongate Prize in 2000. He is currently editor of Edinburgh Review.
Brian has published four collections of poetry: Spring’s Witch (Mariscat Press, 1984), One Atom to Another (Polygon, 1987), Body Parts (Canongate, 1999) and Zero (Polygon, 2009). He also writes fiction and has published two collections of short stories — The Lipstick Circus (Mainstream, reprinted 1990) and In a Dark Room with a Stranger (Penguin, 1995) — and a novel The Other McCoy (Mainstream, 1990/Penguin, 1991). His most recent collection of short stories A Date with my Wife was published by Canongate in 2001. His Selected Stories was published by Argyll in 2004. Brian lives with his family in Edinburgh.