Alexander Hutchison was born in Buckie, a fishing town on the north-east coast of Scotland. He has worked mostly in universities, including 18 years in Canada and the USA, though he gave up being a literary academic some time ago. Currently he lives in Glasgow and is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. "Mr Scales Walks His Dog" was composed in the early seventies and drew praise from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael Ondaatje. It is the title poem in Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems' (Salt Publishing, 2007). Last year the distinguished Italian literary journal, In Forma di Parole dedicated a complete issue to Hutchison's work translated by Alessandro Valenzisi, along with Hutchison's Scots and English versions of Catullus and early Friulian poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini.