Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at St Andrews University, where he has taught since 1989. Originally from Lanarkshire, Crawford was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities, and has been writing since 1987. A founder editor of the magazine Verse, he is also a founding Fellow of the English Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
He has won two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, and an Eric Gregory award in 1988. He has written numerous critical works on TS Eliot, Edwin Morgan, Douglas Dunn and other poets, as well his own collections of poetry – the first of which, A Scottish Assembly, was published in 1990. He has also edited anthologies, such as The Book of St Andrews and, most recently, Scotland’s Books: The Penguin History of Scottish Literature.
His most recent book is history of pioneering Scottish photographers, The Beginning and the End of the World.