Alan Riach

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



Born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, educated at Cambridge and Glasgow, Alan Riach went to the University of Waikato, New Zealand, 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 and currently Head of Department. 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 published six collections of poetry: This Folding Map (AUP, 1990), An Open Return (Untold Books, 1991), First & Last Songs (Chapman, 1995) and Clearances (Scottish Cultural Press, 2001), Homecoming: new poems 2001-2009 (Luath, 2009), for which he drew upon his own experiences as an ex-pat, and The Winter Book (Luath Press, 2017).