I was born in Northumberland in the north-east of England. These days you can find me in Somerset in the south-west. In between I lived in Edinburgh, a handful of places in France, and then spent 20 happy years as a Londoner.
I’ve done quite a few different jobs over the years – I’ve worked in a library, in restaurants, for the government, on a bicycle, in charities, on websites, in Thailand, in universities, for travel companies and more.
When I was a kid I wrote poems and stories, and then for a long time I didn’t – until around my late 30s when I suddenly started writing again. Maybe some day when we know each other a little better, I’ll tell you how that came about.
Since then, my poems for adults and children have been published in a bunch of books and magazines. I’m proud to say they’ve even won, or been shortlisted for, one or two awards here and there. They’ve also been performed by actors, displayed on buses, used as song lyrics, made into short films and turned into comic art.
Along the way I’ve discovered how much fun it can be to work and play with different people to explore all kinds of ways of making and sharing poetry.
A few other things
Two kids, 12 questions
Nina (7) and Sebastian (9) fire a few questions my way and I do my best to answer them.
Poets Talk: Shauna Darling Robertson
Roger Stevens interviews me for The Poetry Zone webzine.
My Favourite Children’s Poetry
On Liz Brownlee’s Poetry Roundabout webzine.
Shauna Darling Robertson
My author page on children’s publisher Troika’s website.
My website of poems and poetry films for adults.