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Alasdair Talbert Paterson is a Scottish poet and retired academic librarian. He won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 1975[1] and published several collections before taking a twenty-year break from publication. In his career as a librarian he worked in the universities of Liverpool, Cork and Sheffield,[2] and he held the post of University Librarian at Exeter University. In his last year at Exeter he was also Acting Director of Computing Services. After retirement he resumed publishing with On the governing of empires in 2010.[3][4]

Alasdair Paterson
OccupationPoet and academic librarian (retired)

Paterson was born in Edinburgh,[5] and studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield.[2] He has travelled extensively and was involved in several academic projects in Eastern Europe during his career, co-ordinating the E-URALS and KNOWLEDGE projects for TEMPUS in the early 2000s and co-presenting a 2004 seminar series on Innovations in European academic libraries: Issues and contexts in Warsaw.[6] He now lives in Exeter.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Elsewhere or Thereabouts (2014, Shearsman, ISBN 978-1848613270)
  • In arcadia (2011, Oystercatcher Press, ISBN 978-1905885428)
  • Brumaire and Later (2010, Flarestack Poets, ISBN 978-1906480264)
  • On the governing of empires(2010, Shearsman, ISBN 978-1848611160)
  • Brief Lives (1987, Oasis Books, ISBN 978-0903375696)
  • "Flying to Iceland" (PDF).[permanent dead link] (1985, Windows Project, ISBN 978-0907950226)
  • The Floating World: Selected Poems, 1973-82 (1984, Pig Press, ISBN 978-0903997867)
  • Topiary (1982, Pig Press, ISBN 978-0903997706)
  • Alps (1981, Oasis Books, ISBN 978-0903375542)
  • Terra Nova (1979, Interim Press, ISBN 978-0904675122)
  • Poems for Douanier Rousseau(1975, Glasshouse Press)


  1. ^ "The Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards: Past winners". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Bradshaw, D.C.A. (2013). Bringing Learning to Life: The Learning Revolution, The Economy and the Individual. Routledge. ISBN 9781136670459. Retrieved 22 July 2014. He entered the library profession after distinguished studies at Edinburgh and Sheffield universities and his previous posts have been at the university of Liverpool, Cork and Sheffield ...
  3. ^ "Alasdair Paterson". Scottish Poetry Library. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  4. ^ Mason, Edgar (13 May 2011). "Alasdair Paterson's grand poetry of Byzantine governance". The Fortnightly Review. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Alasdair Paterson". World Haiku Association. 2001. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ Myhill, Martin. "Martin Myhill". Retrieved 22 July 2014. A colleague's webpage

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