Andy McLellan grew up in rural Buckinghamshire in the 1970s and 80s, and studied Environmental Science before going on to complete a PhD in Biology at the University of York looking at plant diversity in a limestone grassland in the Peak District National Park.
He worked for a year as a research biologist at the Institüt fūr Unweltwissenschaften (Environmental Science Institute) at the University of Zürich before becoming ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a disease from which he has yet to recover.
In the intervening years, he has been married and has three teenage children. He reads a lot, knits hats and practices Sōtō Zen Buddhism.
Andy has published haiku in a number of contemporary short form poetry journals such as cattails, hedgerow, Blithe Spirit, Otata and Presence, and is a member of the British Haiku Society and United Haiku and Tanka Society. This blog showcases some of those haiku and related forms (haibun, haiga and tanka).
Shore/lines as a title comes from an interest in the between places of life and nature, and the fact he lives in a part of the UK surrounded on three sides by the sea.