Having won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1975 and published collections in the mid-1980’s including The Floating World (Pig Press) and Brief Lives (Oasis Books), Alasdair Paterson only recently returned to writing after a 20 year gap with on the governing of empires (Shearsman, 2010). In 2011 he published two pamphlets: Brumaire and Later (Flarestack Poets) and in arcadia (Oystercatcher Books). He is now retired after a career directing the work of academic libraries in Britain and Ireland and travelling extensively, particularly in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union. His latest collection, Elsewhere or thereabouts, was published by Shearsman in 2014. He lives in Exeter.