Alan Jackson, born in 1938 in Liverpool of Scottish parents, moved to Edinburgh in 1940. His reading career began on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in 1965 he established the annual Traverse Theatre poetry readings which were to become a platform for the Liverpool poets. After a career of performing readings all over Britain, Jackson retired from the scene, having had work published in diverse journals, flagged as a Penguin Modern Poet in 1968 and published by Fulcrum in 1969. Alan Jackson's short poem, ‘Young Politician', is to be found carved in the outer wall of the new Scottish Parliament along with quotations from Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Hugh McDiarmid.
His poetry collections include The Grim Wayfarer, The Worstest Beast, and Heart of the Sun. These were collected in Salutations: Collected Poems 1960-1989 (Polygon, 1990). Further publications include Walking Through Apocalypse, and, A Great Beauty (Stories and Dialogues).