Shauna Robertson (Shauna Darling Robertson) hails from the north-east of England and currently lives in the south-west. She’s a graduate of Edinburgh, Grenoble and London universities and 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.
Her poems are widely published in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2013 she won the Aval-Ballan Poetry Competition and received a nomination for the Forward Prize in the category Best Single Poem. 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.
Shauna also writes with children in mind. Various poems have appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies from Macmillan, Bloomsbury and The Emma Press. ‘Return of the Killer Rhubarb’ was shortlisted in Writing Magazine’s 2016 Poetry for Children competition and three poems were commended in the 2017 Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize.
She’s also enjoying making artwork and illustration in various media. Poem-pictures are published in several print anthologies and have been shown in a number of gallery exhibitions.
Alongside solo projects, Shauna loves to work on collaborative ventures – with writers, visual artists, musicians – anyone with an interesting idea. She has a fascination for the creative process in the broadest 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 trying to rope an artist friend into attempting a film-poem.