Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His four collections of poetry have received the E. M. Forster Award and various Forward Prizes.


Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

Designing the Picador poetry covers: like veins in the body

The new design style for Picador’s collected and selected poetry books began with the hardback edition of Sean O’Brien’s Collected Poems, where I was trying to create something simple yet striking, collectable, and most importantly true to the poetry.

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English shortlisted for the Costa First Novel; Robin Robertson's Hill of Doors and Clive James's translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy on the Costa Poetry shortlist.

At Roane Head

by Robin Robertson

In this poem I've invoked the Celtic myth of the selkie: creatures that swim as seals but which can become human by shedding their skins. The transformation is reversed by climbing back into the sealskin, but if the magical skin is lost, or stolen, the creature is doomed to remain in human form. Ròn - pronounced roane - is the Gaelic for 'seal'.