Ian Crockatt was born in Perth in 1949 and now lives and works in North Aberdeenshire. He completed an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2010, and a PhD on translating skaldic verse from the Orkneyinga Saga, at Aberdeen University’s Centre for Scandinavian Studies.
Crockatt’s poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and won prizes in two national competitions. His poetry collections include Flood Alert (Chapman, 1996) and Original Myths(Cruachan Publications, 2000), which was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Scottish Book of the Year Award. Crockatt is particularly interested in the poem series as a form; The Lyrical Beast (a 2004 CD) is a series of 42 sonnets exploring the relationship between our animal and artistic instincts. His collection Skald (Koo Press, 2009) is a series of 30 poems using a form derived from Old Norse skaldic poetry. In 2012 Arc publications brought out his selection of translations from the work of Rainer Maria Rilke, Pure Contradiction, which was awarded the Society of Authors’ Schlegel-Tieck prize for translation in February 2014. Most recently Arc have published two books of translations of Viking poems.