Profile:
Robin Robertson

Born in Perthshire, poet Robin Robertson was brought up on the northeast coast of Scotland. His debut collection, A Painted Field (1997), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, and was one of the Sunday Times Books of the Year. Critic and author Kazuo Ishiguro praised its “darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life’s pleasures.” His third book, Swithering (2006), won the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection of the Year. He is Associate Editor at Jonathan Cape and publisher of Thomas Dilworth’s David Jones.