In May 2010 the award-winning poet Robin Robertson is visiting Malta as an initiative of the Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, in collaboration with the British Council’s Edinburgh Bookcase.
A book-signing session will take place after the reading.
The event is free of charge and the general public is encouraged to attend.
Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. He is the author of four collections of poetry: A Painted Field (1997), winner of the 1997 Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection), the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award; Slow Air (2002); Swithering (2006); and The Wrecking Light (2010).
He is also the editor of Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame (2003). In 2004, he was named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 'Next Generation' poets, and received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Robin Robertson's third poetry collection, Swithering (2006), was shortlisted for the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize and won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). His translation of Euripides' Medea was published in 2008, and in 2009, his poem, At Roane Head, won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem).. This poem is included in his fourth collection, The Wrecking Light, which has just been published in Britain.
Critical acclaim to The Wrecking Light:
Robertson's lines have the luminosity of myth. The Wrecking Light is a work of extraordinary visionary power, its music bleak and beautiful, spare and unsparing. If there were justice in the world, it would win every prize going.
In poem after marvellous poem, Robertson creates a series of elusive identities... Fantastical transformations occur throughout the collection; the most astounding one is in the masterful ‘At Roane Head’, where a re-envisioning of a selkie legend throws up a remarkably moving poem... It’s still early in the year, but this surely will be one of the outstanding collections of 2010.
This collection seems likely to add to Robertson’s impressive array of awards… What unifies the collection is a subtle but implacable rhythmic momentum. It lends the poems the force of the proverbial…
The work of a highly musical poet at the height of his powers.
Scottish Review of Books
Robin Robertson's latest work, The Wrecking Light, published this week in the UK, simply astonishes. Breathtaking, utterly and heartbreakingly breathtaking . . .
Globe and Mail