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Name Andrew Buchanan Jackson
Born Glasgow, 19 June 1965
South 1966: parents moved down to the village of Bramhall in Cheshire. Toddled along to Queensgate Primary School at the age of five. Reading Marvel comics, obsessively sketching on any available surface, leaping around at Jean McLachlan's Scottish Highland and Country dance classes in nearby Cheadle every weekend.
North 1976: back to Scotland at the age of eleven, settling in the town of Cupar (Kingdom of Fife). Couldn't understand what people were saying (Arse??). Secondary education at Bell Baxter High School. Found language at the age of 15, inspired and disturbed by early Peter Gabriel lyrics (Foxtrot, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) and by the poetry of Robert Frost at school.
City 1983-1987: studied English Literature at Edinburgh University after deciding to abandon art as a career move. Shared a flat with Roddy Lumsden and began writing seriously, attending workshops with Liz Lochhead and Anne Stevenson. Immersed in the work of Wallace Stevens, Carl Gustav Jung and Steven Patrick Morrissey.
Poetry Published in the following books:
The Message: crossing the tracks between poetry and pop (The Poetry Society, 1999)
Anvil New Poets 3 (Anvil Press, 2001)
When the Words Won't Come (British Stammering Association, 2003)
Forward Book of Poetry 2004 (Faber & Faber, 2003)
The Book of St Andrews (Polygon, 2005)