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Robert Saxton ­is the author of eight books of poetry: The Promise Clinic (Enitharmon 1994), Manganese (Carcanet / OxfordPoets 2003), Local Honey (Carcanet / OxfordPoets 2007), Hesiod's Calendar (Carcanet / OxfordPoets, 2010), The China Shop Pictures (Shearsman 2012), Six-way Mirror (Angle Shades Press, 2016), Flying School (Shearsman 2019) and Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours – A Version (The High Window Press, 2023). He is also represented in Faber’s Poetry Introduction 7 and Carcanet’s Oxford Poets 2001 anthology. In 2001 he won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association’s poetry prize for ‘The Nightingale Broadcasts’. He has won commendations in recent years in the National Poetry Competition, the Poetry London Competition and the Troubadour Poetry Competition.

He has written on poetry for the Poetry Society’s newsletter: see ‘Prose about poetry’ in this website.

Robert Saxton was born in Nottingham 1952 and educated at the Henry Mellish Grammar School, Bulwell, Nottingham, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read English. He lives in Highgate, north London, and until 2013 was the editorial director of an illustrated book publishing company. He is currently a freelance editor and writer.


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