Anna Crowe

Anna Crowe (b. 1945)
Photograph of Anna Crowe by Jemimah Kuhfeld
Anna Crowe © Jemimah Kuhfeld



Anna Crowe is a poet, translator and creative writing tutor living in St Andrews. 

Full Biography

Anna Crowe was born in Devonport, Plymouth and grew up in France and in Sussex. She has an MA from the University of St Andrews, where she and her family have lived since 1986. She was a co-founder and, for the first seven years, Artistic Director of StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival. She is now, with Brian Johnstone, an Honorary President of the Festival, and serves on the Board of Trustees.

She won the Peterloo Open Poetry Competition in 1993 and 1997. Her first two full collections were published by Peterloo Poets. Mariscat have published her work in three pamphlets; Figure in a Landscape was PBS Pamphlet Choice and subsequently published in Catalan and English as Paisatge amb figura (Ensiola, 2011).

Anna Crowe is a trained linguist, and has done much translation of poetry, mainly from Catalan and Castilian. She has worked with Catalan poet Joan Margarit on translating three collections of his poetry: Love is a Place was published by Bloodaxe in 2016, and has collaborated with Margarit on translating poems by R.S. Thomas into Catalan, published in a bilingual edition as No hi ha treva per a les fúries by Proa in 2013. The anthology Six Catalan Poets (Arc, 2013) was edited by Pere Ballart and features Crowe's translations of Josep Lluís Aguiló, Elies Barberà, Manuel Forcano, Gemma Gorga, Jordi Julià, and Carles Torner. Arc published her translations of selected poems by the Mexican poet Pedro Serrano in 2014, and the Mallorcan poet Josep Lluís Aguiló in 2016.

Please see bibliography below for full list of publications

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

Skating Out of the House (Peterloo Poets, 1997)
A Secret History of Rhubarb (Mariscat Press, 2004)
Punk with Dulcimer (Peterloo Poets, 2005)
Figure in a Landscape (Mariscat Press, 2010)
Finding my Grandparents in the Peloponnese (Mariscat Press, 2013)

As translator:
Joan Margarit, Tugs in the Fog (Bloodaxe, 2006)
Joan Margarit, Strangely Happy (Bloodaxe, 2011)
Six Catalan Poets (Arc, 2013)
Pedro Serrano, Peatlands (Arc, 2014)
Joan Margarit, Love is a Place (Bloodaxe, 2016)
Josep Lluís Aguiló, Lunarium (Arc, 2016)