Originally from Merseyside, Alan Buckley moved to Oxford in the mid-1980s to study English Literature and has lived there ever since. Although he began writing poems and short stories when he was eight, he stopped in his early teens and took up playing music. He went back to writing in his late 30s.
His debut pamphlet Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice in summer 2009. His work has been widely published in journals and anthologies in recent years. He won the Wigtown Prize in 2010, was shortlisted for the Picador Prize later that year, and has been highly commended three times in the Bridport Prize. He has been involved in numerous collaborative projects with poets, musicians and artists, and is currently developing a live literature show called The Body Beautiful with the poet Helen Mort. He works as a psychotherapist, and as a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.