Alistair Scott is a writer and photographer.
Born in the UK, he grew up on the outskirts of London where he developed a desire to travel … away from the outskirts of London.
So, after graduating in agricultural science, he moved to Zambia to take up a three-year teaching contract. Three years became six … six became nine … and in the end he lived and worked in Zambia for twenty years. In that time he taught in both primary and secondary schools, served as Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia and worked as a trail leader in the country’s magnificent Luangwa Valley National Park.
Whilst living in Zambia he took up writing, winning awards in the annual ‘BBC Wildlife Magazine Awards for Nature Writing’ on three different occasions. In addition, he wrote a weekly column for the Sunday Times of Zambia, had his short stories broadcast on the BBC World Service and had articles published in various African journals and magazines. He has also had three books on photography published.
He moved to Switzerland in 1991, to work for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and, at the same time, decided to take a Fine Arts degree in order to further develop his writing skills. It was then he discovered the pains and pleasures of writing poetry, and has been writing it ever since.
Alistair’s personal website is at www.alistairscott.com
The poppy floozing
in a regiment of wheat …
… the bindweed softly
strangling Sweet William in the border …
… the coltsfoot prancing
bareass naked on your lawn …
… no matter what you do to them,
you cannot keep these outlaws down
They flooze and strangle
prance and flaunt anarchic rags
Each one’s a small reminder
that the wild things
that we think we’ve tamed,
still live beside us.