In 1995, Gerry Cambridge founded the transatlantic magazine The Dark Horse, which remains Scotland’s leading poetry journal and still lies beneath Gerry’s critical stewardship. He is also an essayist, print designer and typographer, regularly setting pamphlets for Red Squirrel Press and others.
Gerry works from a background in natural history photography, images that often make their way, descriptively, metaphorically and as pure, diaphanous prints, into his collections.
He lived in an Ayrshire caravan for twenty-five years before leaving to become a Brownsbank Fellow in Hugh MacDiarmid’s former home from 1997–1999. He has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2006–2009) and at Glasgow Caledonian University (2010–2012). In his early twenties he was, as far as he knows, one of the youngest regular freelancer writers, specialising in nature articles, which at the time (the 1980s) had a monthly circulation of 1.5 million copies.
Gerry is also a fine harmonica player and has played regularly with songwriter Neil Thomson-