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 song lyrics 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 Spa University’s BA Creative Writing programme. A second, Love Bites, was published by Dancing Girl Press (USA) in 2019.

Shauna also writes for children. Various poems have appeared in anthologies from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Troika, Otter-Barry Books and The Emma Press; several were commended in the Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize 2017 and the YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition 2019. A first full poetry collection for children, Saturdays at the Imaginarium, was published byTroika in 2020 and is a National Poetry Day 2021 recommendation. Shauna is currently working on her second, You Are Not Alone, on the theme of mental health, with support from Arts Council England. More details are on her website dedicated to children’s writing at www.shaunadarlingrobertson.com

Alongside solo projects, Shauna loves to work on collaborative ventures – with writers, visual artists, musicians – anyone who’s up for it! She recently worked with Helen Dewbery & Chaucer Cameron’s Poetry Film Collective on a series of film-poems for both adults and children, and is a co-founder of Strange Cargo, a group of poets exploring collaborative and interactive approaches to performance. Her poem-pictures and other  artwork have been published in several books and shown in a number of gallery exhibitions.

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


Poetry books for children
Poetry chapbooks
Poems in anthologies 
Poems in anthologies for children
Poems in journals and ‘zines

Poems have been published in:
And Other Poems
Be the Change (for children)
Butcher’s Dog
The Caterpillar (for children)
The Delinquent
Domestic Cherry
Fifty Word Stories
The Found Poetry Review (USA)
Hobo Pancakes (USA)
Hotel Amerika (USA)
Ink Sweat & Tears
The Interpreter’s House
Monkey Kettle
New Boots & Pantisocracies
Picaroon Poetry
Obsessed With Pipework
One Sentence Poems (USA)
Poetry Daily (USA)
Poetry London
Poetryroundabout.com (for children)
Poetry Wales
The Scrumbler (for children)
Stew (for children)
Under the Radar

Artwork & visual poems in print
  • ‘Erasure’ in Rob Kendrew & Pey Pey Oh (eds). Collaboration #1, Words & Ears Poetry / Bradford-on-Avon Photography Group, 2019
  • ‘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

2019 • Let’s collaborate: a poetry & photography exhibition with a difference, West Barn, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
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


2021: ‘On the Ills of Smoking’ screened at the REELpoetry Festival, Houston, Texas, USA
2019: Various poetry films screened at the Bristol Poetry Festival,  the Newlyn International Short Film Festival and the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
2018 • Poetry films made as part of the Arts Council England-funded Poetry Film Collective have been screened at a number of ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ events in the south-west of England, at the 7th International Video Poetry festival in Athens, and the Renaissance Festival in Nyora, Australia.


2021 • Saturdays at the Imaginarium shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award
2021 • Saturdays at the ImaginariumNational Poetry Day Selection 2021
2019 • YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition (commended)
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)

Shaunagh Robertson