Alan Riach

Alan Riach (b. 1957)
Photograph of Alan Riach by Macarthur Cunningham
Alan Riach © Macarthur Cunningham



Alan Riach is Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, a leading figure in the study of twentieth century Scottish poetry, and is himself the author of six collections of poetry.

Full Biography

Born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, educated at Cambridge and Glasgow, Alan Riach went to the University of Waikato, New Zealand, as Associate Professor in 1986. He returned to Scotland in 2001 as Reader in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, where he is now Professor. He is the author of works of criticism on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid, editor of MacDiarmid's collected works from Carcanet Press, and has written or edited several volumes on twentieth century Scottish literature. He is co-author with Alexander Moffat of two books on art and culture in modern Scotland. Riach has published six collections of his own poetry and has recently worked on English-language versions of 18th-century Gaelic poems. 

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

This Folding Map (AUP, 1990)
An Open Return (Untold Books, 1991)
First & Last Songs (Chapman, 1995)
Clearances (Scottish Cultural Press, 2001)
Homecoming: new poems 2001-2009 (Luath, 2009)
Praise of Ben Dorain, by Duncan Ban MacIntyre (Kettillonia, 2013) 
The Birlinn of Clan Ranald, by Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair (Kettillonia, 2015)
The Winter Book (Luath Press, 2017).


Hugh MacDiarmid’s Epic Poetry (EUP, 1991)
The Poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid (ASLS, 1999)
Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography: the masks of the modern nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) 
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature (as editor, with Ian Brown) (EUP, 2009)
Arts of Resistance: poets, portraits and landscapes of modern Scotland (with Alexander Moffat) (Luath, 2008)
Arts of Independence: the cultural argument and why it matters most (with Alexander Moffat) (Luath, 2014)
The International Companion to Edwin Morgan (as editor) (Scottish Literature International, 2015)