Andrew Sclater’s family originate in Orkney and Galloway, and he now lives in Edinburgh. He has worked as a gardener and garden advisor, taught courses on landscape, culture and art, and edited the correspondence of Charles Darwin. He is the co-founder of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, an actor, and a drystane-dyker.
He has held New Writers Awards from the Scottish Book Trust and New Writing North. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Picador Poetry Prize.
His work has appeared in the SPL’s Best Scottish Poems, and in The Dark Horse, New Writing Scotland and Poetry Review, among others, and a pamphlet, Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters, was published by HappenStance Press in 2016.
He is a founder of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine.