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Learning How to Sing. James Aitchison Paperback ISBN 978-1-869848-19-4, £9.99. 21 October 2018.

Learning How to Sing is a new collection of poems written since The Gates of Light was published by Mica Press in 2016. The author of New Guide to Poetry and Poetics (Rodopi Editions, 2013), The Golden Harvester: the Vision of Edwin Muir (Aberdeen University Press, 1988) and The Cassell Dictionary of English Grammar (Cassell, 1996), as well as six previous poetry collections, James Aitchison was born in Stirlingshire in 1938 and educated at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. In the 1960s he worked as a publicity copywriter at The Scotsman Publications in Edinburgh, after which he held a series of minor posts in Scottish colleges and universities. He and his wife lived in Gloucestershire for five years and returned to Stirlingshire in 2007. James Aitchison is a former poetry critic at The Scotsman and The (Glasgow) Herald.