Niall Campbell

Niall Campbell 2 (Cara Forbes)

Niall Campbell (b. 1984 South Uist) began writing poetry as an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow. ‘Reading poetry has the almost inevitable effect of encouraging one to write,’ Campbell explains, ‘because by reading poetry you find yourself enjoined in a conversation between the poet and those gone before and those that might come after.’

He has tried to achieve a unity of tone, image and atmosphere in Moontide. He describes his tastes as ‘Celtic’, naming Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, John Glenday and Kathleen Jamie as inspirations. In 2011, Campbell received an Eric Gregory Award, followed by a Jerwood/Arvon mentorship in 2013.