Welcome to the web site of the Scottish poet Gerry Cambridge.
Read poems from his published books and examples of his prose, both literary and autobiographical, which have appeared in numerous periodicals. There are also a few samples of Cambridge's natural history photography and an ongoing gallery of pictures featuring writers, poets, musicians and artists. Some of his more specialist natural history images can be seen here.
Gerry Cambridge is the founder-editor of the internationally regarded poetry journal The Dark Horse, and is also known as a print designer with a particular interest in typography. He undertakes design projects for a number of small presses as well as individuals; his clients include Red Squirrel Press, the Royal Literary Fund, The British Council, the Scottish Poetry Library, the Wigtown Book Festival and, until June 2019, Mariscat Press, winner of the 2015 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award administered by the British Library. His quirky and idiosyncratic essay, The Printed Snow was published in summer 2015 by HappenStance Press and sold with a bespoke letterpress card. It dealt with the craft of typesetting poetry, typography and design. (It is now out of print.) He also plays harmonica with various other musicians and singer-songwriters. Visit the "harmonica" page for audio files of his numerous musical collaborations.
In October 2006 Cambridge was the Scottish Poetry Library's first ever "virtual poet". Read a fine recent interview with him, by Andrew F Giles of New Linear Perspectives, here.
He is a former Advisory Fellow and Consultant Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and freelances as a sub-editor and fact-checker for the Fund's weekly online essay feature, Collected.
Assistance in costs for readings or workshops in Scotland is available through the Live Literature Scotland scheme.
Details, reviews and purchase information about Cambridge's latest book, Notes for Lighting a Fire can be seen by clicking on the banner link above. Aves, Cambridge's previous book, is now only available direct from the author. The photography page has been updated with numerous new images of Scottish and American poets.
STOP PRESS! Read American poet-critic John Foy's assessment of Notes for Lighting a Fire at the great Contemporary Poetry Review website. A poem from the book, 'Processional at the Winter Solstice', was chosen with comment by Roddy Lumsden for the Best Scottish Poems series of the Scottish Poetry Library for 2011. New Paperback Edition of the book now available. See the Notes for Lighting a Fire page above.
Web site created by A.B. Jackson and maintained and updated by Gerry Cambridge. All text and images © Gerry Cambridge 2019.
This website was last updated on 11 October, 2019.
The Scottish-American Poetry Magazine
Issue 41 appeared in August 2019. Read archived poems, reviews, interviews and essays from The Dark Horse online.
The magazine has published: Edwin Morgan, Seamus Heaney, Philip Hobsbaum, John Lucas, Wendy Cope, Anthony Hecht, Douglas Dunn, Anne Stevenson, Timothy Murphy, X.J. Kennedy, Iain Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown, Richard Wilbur, Donald Davie, Kay Ryan, Helena Nelson, Donald Justice, David Mason, Dana Gioia, G. F. Dutton, Stewart Conn and many more.