About & CV

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 (USA) 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
Poems in anthologies 
Poems in anthologies for children
Poems in journals and ‘zines
Artwork & visual poems in print
  • ‘Cross-Sections 10, 11, 12 & 13’ in Leaping Clear magazine (USA, Fall 2018)
  • ‘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

POETRY FILMS

2018 • Poetry films made as part of the Arts Council England-funded Poetry Film Collective have been screened at ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ events in Chippenham, Swindon and Bristol and at the 7th International Video Poetry festival, Athens.

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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