Alistair Moffat was born and raised in Kelso in the Scottish Border country. At 17 he played rugby for Kelso and was a schoolboy internationalist. Alistair graduated MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews in 1972, having played First XV rugby, First XI cricket, basketball and athletics, and somehow acquiring a degree in medieval history between matches and training sessions, (some in the Criterion). He went on to complete an M.Phil in the History of the Classical Tradition at the Warburg Institute of London University.
From 1976 to 1981, he ran the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when it grew into the largest arts festival in the world. After joining Scottish Television he became a presenter, an award-winning producer and eventually Director of Programmes and then Chairman.
Since 1999 Alistair has written more than twenty books, mainly on Scotland’s history, most of them bestsellers and some short-listed for awards. In addition he has produced many TV series, mainly for ITV, founded and directs the Borders Book Festival and the Lennoxlove Book Festival, is co-Chairman of the Great Tapestry of Scotland Trust, Chairman of the Eastgate Theatre and a board member of the Bill McLaren Foundation.
With his wife, Lindsay, he helps run a small farm in the Border hills.