Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson Foto: Murdo McLeod

Robin Robertson’s (born 1955, Scone/Perthshire) poems have their roots in the rich tradition of Greek myths and Celtic folklore. They evoke, in forceful and melodious language, the arresting landscape and nature of North East Scotland.

In 1997, Robertson’s book of poems “A Painted Field” won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. For this publication, he also received the Adleburgh Poetry Festival Prize and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Prize.  The book was also one of the Sunday Times Books of the Year.

As a publisher, Robertson is also an institution in British literature. Among others, he has brought out works by Anne Carson, J.M. Coetzee, Seamus Deane, Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley and Sharon Olds.

His selected poems will be published this Autumn by FGS and Picador, under the title “Sailing the Forest”.

Publications (selected)

A Painted Field, Picador 1997
Slow Air, Harcourt 2002
Swithering, Harcourt 2006
Euripides, Medea, Random House 2008
The Wrecking Light, Picador 2010
Hill of Doors, Picador 2013