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 six collections of poetry and over two dozen other books. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Academy, he has given readings and lectures at Berkeley, 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 Competion, the T S Eliot Prize, and the David Cohen Prize. Formerly Head of School, he now serves on the University Court.
Robert's most recent collection of poems, 'Full Volume' (2008), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. His literary history, 'Scotland's Books' (2007) won the Saltire Scottish Research Book of the Year Award. His biography of Robert Burns, 'The Bard' (2009) won the overall Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. His book 'The Beginning and the End of the World: St Andrews, Scandal, and the Birth of Photography' was published in 2011, as was his collaboration with photographer Norman McBeath, Simonides. He is currently writing a biography of T.S. Eliot and a new collection of poems.