Prof Robert Crawford
Education and Experience
Born in Lanarkshire, Robert Crawford studied and taught at Glasgow and Oxford, moving to St Andrews in 1989. He has published seven collections of poetry and over three dozen other books. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Academy, he has given readings and lectures at Berkeley, Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford and Yale as well as in schools and village halls (smallest audience: four adults and a baby). An experienced broadcaster, he has been a judge of the National Poetry Competition, the T S Eliot Prize, and the David Cohen Prize. He has served as Head of School, as Director of Research, and as a member of the University Court.
Robert Crawford's most recent collection of poems is Testament (published by Cape in 2014), shortly after his prose book Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314-2014 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). 2015 saw the publication by Jonathan Cape and Farrar, Straus & Giroux of Young Eliot, the first volume of his two-volume biography of T. S. Eliot. Other recent books include Chinese Makars (google it) and The Book of Iona (Polygon, 2016), an anthology of stories and poems about the Hebridean island. Ongoing research interests include T. S. Eliot, Scottish poetry, creative writing, poetry and libraries, and poetry and science. From 2014-16 Robert led the Royal Society of Edinburgh-supported Arts and Humanities Research Network, 'Loch Computer'.