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Robin Robertson’s work has been described as pitching ‘the power and

wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human’.

Although human presence is frequently surreal and dislocated, it remains

at the heart of his work. Robertson is a poet who finds song in silence,

hope in a retreat into the ‘homelessness’ of the wild, all in a

meticulously exact language, described as “simultaneously spare and



He is the first poet to have won all three categories in the Forward

Prize: Best First Collection for his 1997 debut A Painted Field, Best

Collection for Swithering in 2006, and Best Single Poem for ‘At Roane

Head’ from 2010’s The Wrecking Light. His most recent collection is Hill

of Doors, described by The Guardian as ‘a collection of flinty beauty’.

He lives in London and is fiction and poetry editor for Jonathan Cape.