Gerard Rochford was brought up in Worcestershire and studied English and Psychology in Hull, but apart from a short spell in Hong Kong, spent most of his life in Aberdeen where he worked as a psychotherapist and raised 10 children, including the drummer Seb Rochford. He was a founder member of Dead Good Poets Aberdeen, and convener of the poetry readings in Books and Beans café/bookshop. He has appeared in Poetry Scotland, Northwords Now, and many other magazines. His most recent collection is Cairn: poems for the Isle of Lewis (Malfranteaux Concepts, 2016).
The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize was launched in his name in 2021.