Richie McCaffery is from the small Northumbrian village of Warkworth. Up until very recently he lived in Ghent, Belgium. He studied English and Scottish Literature at Stirling University and received a Carnegie grant to do a PhD in Scottish poetry of World War Two at the University of Glasgow, which he was awarded in 2016.

He is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and Ballast Flint from Cromarty Arts Trust and two full poetry collections, Cairn and Passportboth from Nine Arches Press.  He also edited Finishing the Picture: The Collected Poems of Ian Abbot which was published by Kennedy & Boyd in 2015.

Richie is a rare book hoarder and fountain pen fetishist as well as a sometime literary critic, reviewer and freelance scholar in all things relating to modern poetry and the Scottish Literary Renaissance. Current work concerns the World War Two poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid, the Glaswegian poet / dramatist Joan Ure and the neglected poet Sydney Goodsir Smith.