It may be of interest that Sclatrie in old Scots means obscenities or scandals. And Sclater is of Orcadian origin. To avoid trouble, Andrew has spent most of his working life with plants, gardens and landscapes. In his last full-time job, he was an editor of Charles Darwin’s letters. Then he moved to Northumberland to spend more time with his own writing. In 2010, Andrew was shortlisted by Picador in the Picador Poetry Prize. In the following year, he received a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North. In 2012, after moving to Edinburgh, he had the good fortune of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, a residency at Hugh MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank Cottage, and a place on the Orkney Writers’ Course. He enjoys performing his work and has appeared on podiums in Newcastle, Edinburgh and in Amuse Bouche at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees. Andrew is also a dry stone waller and a motorcyclist. A peaceable reiver, he comes south of the border as often as he can.
Andrew’s work has appeared in Alliterati, deseeded, and Magma. Poems are forthcoming (2012) in Butcher’s Dog and Shearsman.