‘No doubt about it – not only is Patrick James Errington a real find, the scope of his imagination, combined with psychological integrity and linguistic rigour, mark him out as a poet I’ll return to again and again. He has the strength of will to put the poem first: no stock effects, just a highly tuned poetic mind interrogating the world for the mystery, the roots of pain and the wonder.’

John Burnside (advance praise for Glean)

Dr Patrick James Errington is a poet, translator, and academic from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. His poems have featured in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The Cincinnati ReviewBoston ReviewThe Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Poets.orgOxford Poetry, Copper NickelWest BranchCV2Passages NorthDiagramCider Press Review, and Horsethief, and have won or been commended for several international prizes such as The National Poetry Competition, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, the Flambard International Prize, the McLellan Poetry Prize, the Plough Prize, and the Bridport Poetry Prize. Patrick is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Glean (ignitionpress, 2018) and Field Studies (Clutag Press, 2019), and his French translation (with Laure Gall) of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphey’s The Hollow of the Hand, entitled Au creux de la main, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme in 2017.

A graduate of the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts, 2011) where he studied under Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Patrick also holds an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in writing and literary translation from Columbia University (2015) and a PhD for his research in poetic theory and enactive hermeneutics from the University of St Andrews (2018). Currently, he teaches literature, literary theory, and creative writing at several universities in Scotland, including Edinburgh Napier and the University of St Andrews. He is also editor-in-chief of the St Andrews-based, online literary magazine, The Scores. Patrick lives in Edinburgh.


At long last, they’re here! Patrick’s brand new pamphlet, Field Studies is now available from Clutag Press. Limited run of only 100 hand-stitched copies, so get ’em quick!

After three intense years of research, Patrick has officially completed his PhD! Many thanks to supervisors and Profs Don Paterson and John Burnside for their support and guidance.

At long last, after having had to miss the last couple of StAnza Poetry Festivals, Patrick is thrilled to be taking part in March 2019 along with fellow ignitionpress poets Lily Blacksell and Belinda Zhawi! Details and tickets here and via the Lectures & Readings page.

Patrick’s poem ‘Half Life’ has recently been selected by Kyle Dargan to be anthologised in Best New Poets 2018. See the other contributors here and keep an eye out for the release dates.

New ignitionpress chapbook, Glean, is now ON SALE! Order it here.