About

Shauna Robertson (Shauna Darling Robertson) hails from the north-east of England and currently lives in the south-west.

Her poems have been displayed on buses, performed by actors, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall, turned into music and widely published in various journals, ‘zines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

A first poetry chapbook, Blueprints for a Minefield, won the inaugural Fair Acre Press competition in 2016 and was subsequently selected as one of four contemporary chapbooks to be taught on Bath University’s BA Creative Writing programme. A second, Love Bites, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in autumn 2018.

Shauna also writes with children in mind. Various poems have appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Troika, Otter-Barry Books and The Emma Press. Three poems were commended in the 2017 Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize judged by John Hegley.

Shauna equally enjoys making artwork and poem-pictures, which have been published in several books and shown in a number of gallery exhibitions.

Alongside solo projects, she loves to work on collaborative ventures – with writers, visual artists, musicians – anyone who’s up for it! She has a fascination for the creative process in the broad sense of the term and ardently believes that there’s so such thing as a person who ‘isn’t creative’. At the moment she’s working with the Swindon-based Poetry Film Collective on a series of film-poems for both adults and children.

Shauna is a graduate of Edinburgh, Grenoble and London universities. Jobs over the years have included librarian, marketing exec, jewellery-maker, civil servant, web editor, charity trustee, commis chef, property manager, travel agent and a brief spell as a professional poker player.

CV

Poetry chapbooks
  • Blueprints for a Minefield, Fair Acre Press, 2016
  • Love Bites, Dancing Girl Press, 2018 (forthcoming)
Poems in anthologies 
  • ‘Ginger’ in Maggie Smith (ed). The Best New British and Irish Poets. Eyewear, 2018
  • ‘The Fish Without a Bicycle’ in Liane Strauss and Anja Konig (eds).  Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts. The Emma Press, 2018
  • ‘Unexpected Items’ & ‘Before the Birds Took Off’ in Nadia Kingsley (ed). Diversifly: Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds. Fair Acre Press, 2018
  • ‘The Noonday Devil’ in Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright (eds).  The Emma Press Anthology of Love. The Emma Press, 2018
  • ‘Things Behind the Barn’ in Kate Garrett and Robert de Born (eds). Troubadour. Picaroon Poetry, 2017
  • ‘Look At Me Leonard’ in Jack Locke (ed). Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man: 75 poets reflect on the poetry of Leonard Cohen. Foundation for Public Poetry, Montreal, 2009
Poems in anthologies for children
  • ‘The Importance of Keeping One’s Head’ in The Emma Press Anthology of Kings & Queens, The Emma Press, 2018 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Questions on an Empty Stomach’, ‘You and Whose Sarnie’ and ‘Do You Ever?’ in AF Harrold (ed), Midnight Feasts: Tasty Poems, Bloomsbury, 2018 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Dancing with Life’ in Allie Esiri (ed). A Poem for Every Day of the Year. Macmillan, 2017
  • ‘Violent Vision’ & ‘Weather Warning’ in Michaela Morgan (ed). Wonderland: Alice in Poetry. Macmillan, 2016
Poems in journals and ‘zines
  • Distance’ & ‘Mutation’ in One Sentence Poems, 20 & 21 October 2017
  • ‘Ginger’ & ‘Harbour Lights’ in Under the Radar,  Issue 19, Summer 2017
  • No Getting Away From It’ in Fifty Word Stories, 25 April 2017
  • ‘The Wet Season’ & ‘Dry Bones’ in Hotel Amerika (USA), Volume 15, Winter 2017
  • ‘The Company Surrealist’ in Magma, Issue 66, Winter 2016
  • Sleeping with a Bearded Man’ in Picaroon Poetry, Issue 5, November 2016
  • Trixie Might: No More Baristas’ in New Boots & Pantisocracies, 27 October 2016
  • ‘I Always Meant to Ask’ & ‘All Too Human’ in The Interpreter’s House, Issue 61, Spring 2016
  • ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard’ in Magma, Issue 64, Spring 2016
  • ‘Just Testing’ in Butcher’s Dog, Issue 6, October 2015
  • ‘To Be Beautiful’ in Poetry Daily (USA), 12 June 2015
  • ‘To Be Beautiful’ in Poetry London, Issue 81, Summer 2015
  • ‘Directions and Instructions and the General Principles Governing All Talking Machines’ in Antiphon, Issue 10, Winter 2014
  • ‘Habit-Forming Creatures’ in Smoke, Issue 61, April 2014
  • ‘Just a Mountain’ in Ink Sweat & Tears, February 2014
  • ‘I Can’t Get No… Oh No No No’, in Hobo Pancakes (USA),December 2013
  • ‘Doris Nights’ & ‘Squint’ in Turbulence, Issue 15, December 2013
  • ‘This Is for You’ in The Found Poetry Review (USA), Volume 6, 2013
  • ‘The Noonday Devil’ & ‘Since They Did Away with Sundays’ in Ambit, Issue 212, Spring 2013
  • ‘The Day of Small Things’, ‘His Own North’ & ‘Interference’ in Obsessed With Pipework, Issue 61, January 2013
  • ‘The Illegal Practice of Taxonomy’ in Under The Radar, Issue 10, November 2012
  • ‘A Bar Walks into a Horse’ & ‘Evolution and the Birth of Conscience’ in Monkey Kettle, Issue 37, June 2012
  • ‘50 Ways (# 4)’, ‘Charles Is Late Again’, ‘The Man I Love’ & ‘Swallowing’ in The Delinquent, Issue 15, August 2011
  • ‘How to Keep Cool 1’, ‘How to Keep Cool 2’ & ‘Weather Warning’ in Succour, Autumn/Winter 2009/10
Artwork & visual poems in anthologies
  • ‘CCC’, ‘Death and Sex’, ‘I Hate and Love’ & ‘Shades of Canus and Schistaceus’ in Jon Stone & Kirsten Irving (eds). Bad Kid Catallus. Sidekick Books, 2017.
  • ‘I Don’t Know, Frank’, ‘In My Dreams’ & ‘This Is for You’ in Jon Stone & Kirsten Irving (eds). Aquanauts. Sidekick Books, 2017
  • ‘What Are You Doing?’ in Chrissy Williams & Tom Humberstone (eds). Over The Line: An Introduction To Poetry Comics. Sidekick Books, London, 2015
Artwork in GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 • Instagram Poetry, The National Poetry Library, London
2018 • ‘Headbooks!’, The Poetry Café, London
2017 • ‘Green’, The Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset
2017 • Visual Poetry Exhibition, The Museum of Futures, Surbiton
2016 • Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, Somerset
2015 • ‘Over The Line: An Introduction To Poetry Comics’, The Poetry Café, London
2014 • ‘Art for Democracy’, Krysia Michna-Nowak Studio Gallery, Hitchin
2014 • ‘Mad About Art’, Rowan Arts/Resource for London, London
2014 • ‘A Book About Death’, The Royal Cambrian Academy, Wales
2010 • ‘No Soul for Sale’, The Museum of Everything Exhibition #2, Tate Modern, London

Awards

2018 • Frome Festval Poet Laureate 2018
2018 • Tomaž Šalamun Prize for a portfolio of poems, USA (semi-finalist)
2017 • The Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize (3 poems commended)
2017 • Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award for Children’s Picture Books (shortlisted & longlisted)
2017 • Guernsey International Poetry Competition (finalist)
2016 • Live Canon Poetry Competition 2016 (shortlisted)
2016 • Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition (runner-up)
2016 • Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition (winner)
2016 • Writing Magazine Poetry for Children Competition (shortlisted)
2013 • Aval-Ballan Poetry Competition (winner)
2013 • The Forward Prize (nominee, Best Single Poem)
2012 • Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards (finalist)
2011 • Plough Prize (longlisted)
2011 • Lightship International Poetry Prize (longlisted)
2009 • Slipstream Poetry Competition (commended)

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