Born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis in 1967, Anne Frater was brought up in the village of Upper Bayble in the Point district of the island. Scottish Gaelic is her first language, and the language in which her poetry is written. Her poems were first published in Gairm magazine (1986) while she was a student at Glasgow University, from which she graduated with an honours degree in Celtic and French in 1990. After a year at Jordanhill College training as a secondary teacher, she returned to Glasgow University and was awarded a PhD in 1995 for her thesis on Scottish Gaelic Women’s Poetry up to 1750. Her work has appeared in two collections, Fon t-Slige / Under the Shell (Gairm, 1995) and Cridh Creige (Acair, 2017). She worked in the media in various capacities before taking up a post for the University of the Highlands and Islands at Lews Castle College, where she now teaches Gaelic literature.