R. A. Jamieson was born in 1958 into the crofting community of Sandness on Shetland. He has held the William Soutar Fellowship, co-edited the Edinburgh Review and tutored creative writing at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. His work appears in many anthologies, and he has published poetry collections and a number of novels (including Da Happy Land and A Day at the Office). In 2005 A Day at the Office was featured in The List’s ‘100 Best Scottish Books of All Time’. He currently teaches a creative writing course at Edinburgh University. His 2017 publication A Hundir Inboos Till a Diein Lied: a poetic voyage through the (linguistic) margins of Europe collects his own poems alongside his translations into Shetlandic from other marginalised European languages.