Linda Anderson was born in Aberdeen. After attending Aberdeen University, she began teaching at Newcastle University in 1978, where she has worked ever since. She became Professor of Modern English and American Literature in 1999, and was Head of the School of English from 1999 to 2007.
Linda Anderson has been deeply involved in establishing creative writing at Newcastle University, setting up and running the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. The centre runs a program of events and projects, including an AHRC-funded project on the newly acquired archive of Bloodaxe Books, entitled ‘The Poetics of the Archive: Creative and Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive’. She has published a number of critical books and essays, amongst them a monograph on Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop: Lines of Connection (EUP, 2013). With poet Jo Shapcott, she edited Elizabeth Bishop: Poet of the Periphery (Bloodaxe, 2002). Her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Review, and Agenda. Her pamphlet Greenhouse was published in 2013 by Mariscat Press.