Alan Gould was born in London in 1949 of English-Icelandic parents, and lived on armed forces camps in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Singapore before corning to Australia in 1966. He has an arts degree from The Australian National University, a Diploma Of Education From The Canberra College Of Advanced Education, (now CU ) and has held various short-term employments, including nuclear physics technician, builder's and agricultural labouring.

Since 1973 he has written poetry and fiction as full-time as resources have allowed, augmenting his income with literary journalism and relief teaching. He has held several fellowships from The Australia Council, and has been a writer in residence at The Australian National University (1978), The Geelong College (1978,1980,1982, 1985), Australian Defence Forces Academy (1986), Lincoln And Humberside Bicentenary Fellow (1988) Brisbane Church Of England Grammar School (1993), and The Brisbane Grammar School (1999).

In 1986 he was the Australian Representative at the International Poetry Festival in Manila, and in 1988 he fulfilled the same role at the International Poetry Festival at Struga, Macedonia.

Alan Gould has published twenty three books, eight fiction titles, thirteen poetry titles, and two collections of essays. Between 2002-6 he was a member of The Literature Board Of The Australia Council.

He is married to Anne Langridge, a New Zealander, and they have two sons.