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.
It’s really exciting to be involved in poetry at a time when people are experimenting with what poetry is and what it can be and do. I particularly love working with other writers, visual artists, musicians and performers – actually, anyone who’s up for it – to explore all kinds of different 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
Liz Brownlee’s Poetry Roundabout webzine asks poets about their favourite books by others.
Shauna Darling Robertson
My author page on my publisher Troika’s website.