Rob A. MackenzieRob A Mackenzie © Gerry Cambridge

We chat with Rob A. Mackenzie, author of The Opposite Of Cabbage (Salt), associate editor at Magma magazine and organiser of the monthly Poetry At… series. Rob discusses what he’s working on at the moment, his views on criticism and the poetry industry and we get to hear a few of his recent poems. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail:

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First published Tuesday 14 December, 2010

About Rob A Mackenzie

Rob A Mackenzie © Gerry Cambridge Rob A. Mackenzie was born and brought up in Glasgow. He received a law degree from Aberdeen University and then abandoned the possibility of significant personal wealth by switching to theology at Edinburgh University. He wrote over seven hundred songs and doubled on guitar and saxophone for cult art-rock bands Pure Television and Plastic Chicken. Despite airplay on Radio Scotland and a rash of gigs in tiny Glasgow pubs, he failed miserably to achieve rock stardom. He spent a year in Seoul, eight years in a Lanarkshire housing scheme, five years in Turin, and now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and daughter where he organises the Poetry at the… reading series by night and works as a Church of Scotland minister by day. His pamphlet collection, The Clown of Natural Sorrow, was published by HappenStance Press in 2005 and The Opposite of Cabbage by Salt in 2009. His poems, articles and criticism have featured in many literary publications over the last decade or so. He is an associate editor with Magma magazine. He blogs at Surroundings and at the Magma blog

  • Rob’s blog, Surroundings
  • Magma blog

    We recommend…

    The Opposite of Cabbage The Opposite of Cabbage
    by Rob A. Mackenzie

    Salt Publishing, 2009

    Rob’s first full collection (launched here at the library in March 2009) of which Happenstance publisher Helena Nelson said ” Restrained, intelligent, quietly ironic poems, so precise and assured in their craft that they sometimes sail into liquid light.”

    SPL shelfmark: 3.Macken.

    The Clown of Natural Sorrow The Clown of Natural Sorrow
    by Rob A. Mackenzie

    Happenstance Press, 2005

    Rob’s debut pamphlet from award-winning Happenstance Press is completely sold out, but we have copies for you to borrow and browse here in the library.

    SPL shelfmark: p 3.Macken.

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