A.B. Jackson

Andrew Buchanan Jackson was born in Glasgow in 1965 and raised in Bramhall, Cheshire. He attended Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife, and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University.

His first book, Fire Stations, was published by Anvil Press in 2003, and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection that year.

In 2010 he won first prize in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, and in 2011 Donut Press published a limited edition pamphlet, Apocrypha, which was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Summer 2011.

His second full collection, The Wilderness Party (Bloodaxe Books), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

He currently works at Cambridge University Library.


'The Wilderness Party' available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.
'Fire Stations' available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, or Inpress Books
'Apocrypha' available from Donut Press.

The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt, 2013)
Birdbook II: Freshwater Habitats (Sidekick Books, 2012)
Split Screen: poetry inspired by film & television (Red Squirrel Press, 2012)
Poems of the Decade: an anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002-2011 (Faber, 2011)
Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010)
The Book of St Andrews (Polygon, 2005)
Forward Book of Poetry 2004 (Faber, 2003)
When the Words Won't Come (British Stammering Association, 2003)
Anvil New Poets 3 (Anvil Press, 2001)
The Message: crossing the tracks between poetry and pop (The Poetry Society, 1999)

'The Wilderness Party' is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015.
'Apocrypha' chosen as the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Summer 2011.
'Fire Stations' won Best First Collection in the Forward Poetry Prizes 2003: BBC News.

Poems online: Poetry International Web, The Guardian, The Scottish Poetry Library.
1st prize in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition 2010 for 'Treasure Island'
3rd prize in the TLS/Foyles Poetry Competition 2007 for 'Acts'
3rd prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition 2006 for 'Foxes'
Commendation in the National Poetry Competition 1999 for 'Saturday Night'

Photos  Click on the thumbnail images below for the full-size author photos.

1 A.B. Jackson SPL  2 A.B. Jackson 2014

1 © Chloe Barter, 2004, for the Scottish Poetry Library portrait series 2002-2004
2 © Paul Evans, 2014

A.B. Jackson © 2015