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"I didn't realize until I was older what a huge music fan my daddy really was, and actually that my grandma played banjo at one time, and I didn't even know that until a year or two ago." -- Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson (born 1938) is a Scottish poet.

Born in Liverpool, of Scottish parents. Back in Edinburgh, 1940. Royal High School, Edinburgh 52-56. Edinburgh University 56-59. Began reading career on Edinburgh Festival fringe, with the London poets, Pete Brown, Mike Horovitz and Libby Houston, 1960. Self -published Underwater Wedding, 1961.

1965 Founded the yearly series of readings during the Edinburgh Festival in the Traverse Theatre (with Tony Jackson, no relation). These readings became a platform for the Liverpool poets, Brian Patten, Adrian Henri and Roger McGough and for the older Scottish poets Edwin Morgan, Robert Garioch and Norman McCaig. Hamish Henderson brought folk singers. Pentangle played there, and The Scaffold. Poets such as Pete Morgan and Pete Roche (editor of Love Love Love,) first appeared at these Traverse readings.

Jackson went on from this time till the early seventies to give hundreds of readings throughout Britain, often solo, but mostly with Patten, Mitchell, Morgan, Houston and others of the poets mentioned above.

In 1968 he was published in Penguin Modern Poets 12 and in 1969 by the avant garde Fulcrum Press (publishers of Ed Dorn and Gary Snyder).

In June 1971 the whole issue of Lines Review 37, the Scottish literary magazine, was devoted to Jackson’s essay, The Knitted Claymore, which expressed his conviction that rising nationalist sentiment in Scotland was infiltrating and distorting the realm of literature. As could be expected the essay was widely welcomed and widely attacked.

In 1973 Jackson announced that he was retiring from the ‘reading scene’. The time had come he said ‘to obey the poetry’, rather than merely purveying it to others. This move of Jackson’s only makes sense when it is considered that his poetry had never been one of nature description or social anecdote, but had themes of self-inquisition and self-undoing.

Heart of the Sun, 1986, Open Township, has a long introduction entitled Reasons for the Work, describing his poetic evolution through the years since the decision to ‘retire’. Jackson had always had considerable philosophical and historical interests and a main feature of the introduction is his account of how experiences of his own led him to the work of Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian Christian initiate.

This new phase in Jackson’s life led to the writing of short ‘stories’, in italics because they are not so much realist, but have something of the nature of myth and fable. He was also writing ideas pieces, investigating and expressing ‘the spirit forces’ at work in our time.

This later work was published in two volumes, Walking Through Apocalypse, and A Great Beauty, Stories and Dialogues, in 2007 by the print on demand publishers (

Finally, it is worth mentioning that Alan Jackson’s short poem, ‘Young Politician’, is to be found carved in the outer wall of the new Scottish Parliament along with quotations from Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Hugh McDiarmid.

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Total Books: 36
Building and Operating A Realistic Model Railway A guide to running a layout like an actual railway
The Lemonade Cookbook Southern California Comfort Food from LA's Favorite Modern Cafeteria
Alan Jackson - Precious Memories Volume II
2013 - Alan Jackson - Precious Memories Volume II (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781480344594
ISBN-10: 1480344591
Genre: Arts & Photography

Alan Jackson - Good Time
2008 - Alan Jackson - Good Time (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781423443308
ISBN-10: 1423443306
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

A Great Beauty
2007 - A Great Beauty (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781847990075
ISBN-10: 184799007X

Walking Through Apocalypse
2007 - Walking Through Apocalypse (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781847990518
ISBN-10: 1847990517

Alan Jackson - Precious Memories
2007 - Alan Jackson - Precious Memories (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781423417613
ISBN-10: 1423417615
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

2007 - 279 Alan Jackson Precious Memories [E-Z Play Today] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781423427803
ISBN-10: 1423427807
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Christian Books & Bibles

Alan Jackson Guitar Collection
2005 - Alan Jackson Guitar Collection [Guitar Recorded Versions] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780634086175
ISBN-10: 0634086170
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Armageddon to Zen
2005 - Armageddon to Zen (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781411642782
ISBN-10: 1411642783

Alan Jackson - What I Do
2004 - Alan Jackson - What I Do (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780634091742
ISBN-10: 0634091743
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Volume II
2004 - Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Volume II (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780634068508
ISBN-10: 0634068504
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Alan Jackson - Drive
2002 - Alan Jackson - Drive (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780634046681
ISBN-10: 0634046683
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Reforming College Composition Writing the Wrongs
2000 - Reforming College Composition Writing the Wrongs [Contributions to the Study of Education] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780313310935
ISBN-10: 0313310939
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Alan Jackson -- High Mileage Piano/Vocal/Chords
1998 - Alan Jackson -- High Mileage Piano/vocal/chords (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780769269870
ISBN-10: 0769269877

Alan Jackson -- Everything I Love Piano/Vocal/Chords
1997 - Alan Jackson -- Everything I Love Piano/vocal/chords (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781576237595
ISBN-10: 1576237591

Alan Jackson -- Who I Am Piano/Vocal/Chords
1994 - Alan Jackson -- Who I Am Piano/vocal/chords (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780769207636
ISBN-10: 0769207634

Salutations Collected Poems 1960-89
1990 - Salutations Collected Poems 1960-89 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780748660612
ISBN-10: 0748660615

Applied Mechanics
1972 - Applied Mechanics (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780582425125
ISBN-10: 0582425123

Mechanical Engineering Science for O1
1971 - Mechanical Engineering Science for O1 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780582425491
ISBN-10: 0582425492

Process Engineering in Biotechnology
Process Engineering in Biotechnology (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780335158102
ISBN-10: 0335158102
Genre: Business & Money

Byron Herbert Reece and the Southern Poetry Tradition [1917-1958 - Studies in American Literature] (Hardcover)