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James Robertson is a poet, novelist, short story writer and editor, writing in English and Scots. His first book, a collection of short stories, was published in 1991, and since then he has published more than twenty books, for both adults and children.

From 1993 to 1995 he was writer-in-residence at Brownsbank Cottage, the former home of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, near Biggar in Lanarkshire.

He is a founder, editor and contributing author to the Scots language children’s imprint Itchy Coo.

He set up the pamphlet-publishing imprint Kettillonia in 1999 but spend most of his time now working on adult fiction and books for bairns in Scots.

His novel Joseph Knight won both the Saltire Book of the Year and Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards in 2003/04, and The Testament of Gideon Mack was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and various other awards.

His most recent book is a biography of Michael Marra, Arrest This Moment, published by Big Sky.

James Robertson's next event is at Celtic Connections and is an evening in honour of Michael Marra.

It will feature songs, conversation and reminiscence together with extracts from Arrest This Moment, James's biography of Michael Marra. The author is joined by family, friends and admirers of Dundee’s inimitable bard. They include his daughter Alice and brother Chris, the Karine Polwart Trio, Rab Noakes and choreographer Frank McConnell, with whom Marra made the classic dance/theatre show A Wee Home From Home.

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Our ability to look back on the past, our need or desire to make sense of it, is both a blessing and a curse; and our inability to see into the future with any degree of accuracy is, simultaneously, the thing that saves us and the thing that condemns us.
                                      James Robertson, And the Land Lay Still

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