Born 23 Feb. 1959; s of Robert Alexander Nelson Crawford and Elizabeth Menzies Crawford; m 1988, Alice Wales; one s one d
Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, since 1995, and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry, since 2011, School of English, University of St Andrews; Emeritus since 2020
Hutchesons’ Grammar Sch., Glasgow; Univ. of Glasgow (MA Hons 1981); Balliol Coll., Oxford (DPhil 1985)
Elizabeth Wordsworth Jun. Res. Fellow, St Hugh’s Coll., Oxford, 1984–87; British Acad. Postdoctoral Res. Fellow, Univ. of Glasgow, 1987–89; University of St Andrews: Lectr in Modern Scottish Lit., 1989–95; Hd, Sch. of English, 2002–05. Ed., Verse mag., 1984–95; Poetry Ed., Polygon, 1991–99. FRSE 1999; FEA 1999
Awards: Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2009); Saltire Scottish Research Book of the Year (2007); shortlisted for T. S. Eliot Prize (2008); Poetry Book Society Recommendations.
The Savage and the City in the Works of T. S. Eliot (OUP,1987); A Scottish Assembly (Chatto & Windus, 1990); (with W. N. Herbert) Sharawaggi (Polygon, 1990); (ed) Other Tongues (Verse, 1990); (ed with Hamish Whyte) About Edwin Morgan (EUP, 1990); (ed with Thom Nairn) The Arts of Alasdair Gray (EUP, 1991); Talkies (Chatto & Windus, 1992); Devolving English Literature (OUP, 1992; 2nd edn, EUP, 2000); (ed with David Kinloch) Reading Douglas Dunn (EUP, 1992); Identifying Poets (EUP, 1993); (ed with Anne Varty) Liz Lochhead’s Voices (EUP,1993); (ed with Henry Hart, David Kinloch, Richard Price) Talking Verse (Verse, 1995); Literature in Twentieth-Century Scotland (British Council, 1995); Masculinity (Cape, 1996); (ed) Robert Burns and Cultural Authority (EUP and U of Iowa P, 1997); (ed) The Scottish Invention of English Literature (CUP, 1998); (ed with Simon Armitage) The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945 (Penguin,1998); Spirit Machines (Cape, 1999); (ed with Mick Imlah) The New Penguin Book of Scottish Verse (Penguin, 2000); (ed with Meg Bateman and James McGonigal) Scottish Religious Poetry(St Andrew Press, 2000); The Modern Poet: Poetry, Academia, and Knowledge since the 1750s (OUP, 2001); The Tip of My Tongue (Cape,2003); (ed) Heaven-Taught Fergusson (Tuckwell Press, 2003); Selected Poems (Cape, 2005); (ed) The Book of St Andrews (Polygon, 2005); (ed) Apollos of the North (Polygon, 2006); (ed) Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science (OUP, 2006); Scotland’s Books: The Penguin history of Scottish literature (Penguin, 2007;OUP, 2009); Full Volume (Cape, 2008); The Bard, Robert Burns, a Biography (Cape and Princeton UP, 2009); (ed with Christopher MacLachlan) The Best Laid Schemes: Selected Poems and Prose of Robert Burns (Polygon, 2009); (ed) New Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Polygon and Princeton UP, 2009); The Beginning and the End of the World: St Andrews, Scandal, and the Birth of Photography (Polygon, 2011); Simonides (with photographs by Norman McBeath) (Easel Press, 2011); On Glasgow and Edinburgh (Harvard UP, 2013); Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314-2014 (EUP, 2014); Testament (Cape, 2014); Young Eliot: from St Louis to ‘The Waste Land’(Cape and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015); Chinese Makars (with photographs by Norman McBeath (Easel Press, 2016); (ed) The Book of Iona (Polygon, 2016); Fire (with artwork by Caroline Saltzwedel) (Hirundo Press, 2017); The Scottish Ambassador (Cape, 2018); Strath (with photographs by Norman McBeath, 2019); Brexit Tears (with Calum Colvin) (Kettillonia, 2020).
walking, Scottish nationalism, internationalism, Anglophilia