Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at St Andrews University. His six collections of poetry in English include A Scottish Assembly (Chatto, 1990), The Tip of My Tongue (Cape, 2003) and Selected Poems (Cape, 2005); work in Scots includes Sharawaggi (Polygon, 1990). Four of his collections have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations and he has won two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards. With Simon Armitage he edited The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945 (1998) and with Mick Imlah The New Penguin Book of Scottish Verse (2000). His latest book The Bard, a biography of Robert Burns, will be published by Cape in January 2009.