John Coffin Memorial Poetry Reading by Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson (b. 1955) is a Scottish poet who lives and works in London as poetry editor for Jonathan Cape. Praised by John Banville for his "dazzling metaphorical gift", Robertson came to writing poetry later in life, but rapidly became one of the new, most admired voices of the past decade. In 1994 his name was included, alongside Alice Oswald and Tobias Hill, on the 20 Next Generation Poets list, a competition run the Arts Council and the Poetry Book Society. His 1997 debut, A Painted Field, was an immediate success, winning the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and the Forward Poetry Prized for Best Collection. His subsequent volumes equally attracted much critical attention, winning the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection in 2006 for Swithering. The collection was also shortlisted for the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize and was the Poetry Book Society Choice for the spring of that year. Besides being a poet, he is also a compiler of various anthologies (including the Penguin Modern Poets, prepared with Michael Hoffmann and Michael Longley, in 1998) and has edited the Selected Poems of Peter Redgrove (1999). In 2008 he published a translation of Euripides' Medea. His most recent volume of poetry is The Wrecking Light, which was published this year by Picador

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Robin Robertson
Event date: 
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 1:00am
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