Alexander Hutchison, poet and translator in Scots and English, was born in 1943 in Buckie in the north-east of Scotland, and has worked mostly as a University teacher – including 18 years in Canada and the USA. He currently lives in Glasgow. His poems, including the underground perennial Mr Scales Walks His Dog, began to appear in magazines in the early 1970s. His first collection, Deep-Tap Tree (University of Massachusetts Press (1978), is still in print. The Moon Calf was published by Galliard in 1990, and Epitaph for a Butcher (1997) and Sparks in the Dark (2002) both by Akros Publications. More recent books are Carbon Atom (Link-light, 2006) and Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2007). The poet’s website includes an extended interview with Andrew Duncan (from Don’t Start Me Talking: interviews with contemporary poets – Salt, 2007). His Biography adapted from the Scottish Poetry Library website.