Gavin Bowd was born in Galashiels in 1966, spent his childhood in the Scottish Borders and Hong Kong, and studied and taught in Paris and St Andrews. He now teaches in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews and much of his writing is published in French.
He was one of the founding directors of the StAnza poetry festival, and his poetry, fiction and translations have been widely published. He has written on Scottish and European literature and politics, with special interests in French and Romanian politics and culture. He has published studies on Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Kenneth White‘s geopoetics.
In 2007, he translated Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Possibility of an Island, and in 2012, The Map and the Territory, the winner of the 2010 Prix Goncourt. He went on to translate a large selection of Houellebecq’s poetry.
Despite, or perhaps because of so much writing on a wealth of subjects, Bowd has not published a full collection of his own poetry since Camouflage in 2001.