A. B. Jackson

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For the Derbyshire cricketer A.B. Jackson, see Brian Jackson (cricketer).

The Scottish poet Andrew Buchanan Jackson was born on 19 June 1965, in Glasgow.

His family soon moved to the town of Bramhall in Cheshire, where Jackson received his primary school education. The family moved again in 1976, to Cupar in Fife, where he attended Bell Baxter High School.

He studied English Literature at Edinburgh University between 1983 and 1987, and it was there that he met fellow student Roddy Lumsden. Together they founded and edited the undergraduate poetry magazine Fox, and ran the Edinburgh University Poetry Society between 1986 and 1987.

In 2000, Jackson qualified as a librarian from the University of Strathclyde, and currently works for the NHS in Glasgow.

His first book, Fire Stations, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in 2003. His limited edition pamphlet, Apocrypha (Donut Press), was the Poetry Book Society's Pamphlet Choice for Summer 2011.

In 2010 he won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition for the poem 'Treasure Island'.


  • Snippets From the Powder Room (privately printed pamphlet, 1990)
  • Fire Stations (London: Anvil Press, 2003)
  • Poems 1985–1995 (privately printed, 50 copies, 2005)
  • Apocrypha (London: Donut Press, 2011), limited edition of 250, signed and numbered.

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