Alan MacGillivray is a retired teacher and lecturer, who specialised in the teaching of Scottish literature, teaching English in schools from the Borders to Shetland, before lecturing at Jordanhill College of Education and the University of Strathclyde. He is a Past President and Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, has written and edited books and articles on Scottish literature, and was co-editor of the excellent anthology for senior pupils, The Ring of Words (Oliver & Boyd, 1970). Most recently he has edited the work of R.B. Cunninghame Graham. He has twice been winner of the McCash Scots Poetry Prize, has had work selected for the SPL’s online Best Scottish Poems (2009) and has published five poetry collections.