A. B. Jackson

A. B. Jackson (b. 1965)
Photograph of A. B. Jackson © Gerry Cambridge
A. B. Jackson © Gerry Cambridge

Biography

Summary

Poet and information technologist Andrew Jackson was born in Glasgow, and after spending various periods of his life elsewhere, now lives and works in his native city again. 

Full Biography

Andrew Buchanan Jackson was born in Glasgow in 1965, lived in Cheshire as a child, and then Cupar in Fife, where he attended Bell Baxter High School. He studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. While at Edinburgh University he and fellow student Roddy Lumsden founded and edited the undergraduate poetry magazine Fox, and ran the Edinburgh University Poetry Society for a couple of years.

In 2000, Jackson qualified as a librarian, and worked at Cambridge University Library. He retrained in IT and now works in knowledge management and library systems for the NHS in Glasgow.

His first book, Fire Stations (Anvil Press), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2003. In August 2010 his poem 'Treasure Island' won first prize in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition. Donut Press published a signed and numbered edition of Apocrypha, a twenty-one poem series, in 2011, and his most recent collection, The Wilderness Party, was published by Bloodaxe in 2015.