James Robertson

(born 1958 - ) - Angus

James Robertson

James Robertson was born in 1958 and grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. A poet, editor, novelist and publisher, he is an active and prolific writer, enjoying stints at Hugh MacDiarmid's cottage, Brownsbank, near Biggar, Lanarkshire, and as the first Writer-in-Residence at the Scottish Parliament.

He set up Kettillonia, a small pamphlet press in 1999, and was general editor of Itchy Coo, the successful Scots children’s book imprint at publishers Black and White.

His novel Joseph Knight won the Saltire Society Book of the Year in 2003 and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year award, and in 2010 his Scottish epic And the Land Lay Still won Robertson a second Saltire Society award.

James Robertson translates classic children's novels, such as Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr Fox as The Sleekit Mr Tod and George's Marvellous Medicine as Geordie's Mingin Medicine.

  • Cover scan of And The Land Lay Still
    And The Land Lay Still
    James Robertson - Paperback - Penguin
    It is the age of the bomb, the Cold War, Margaret Thatcher and North Sea Oil. As nationalism becomes a credible force in Scotland, a gay photographer, a feminist journalist, a war veteran and a guilt-ridden Conservative MP find their private lives entangled with the ideological conflicts of the times.
  • Cover scan of And The Land Lay Still

    £14.24
    And The Land Lay Still
    James Robertson - Hardback - Hamish Hamilton
    It is the age of the bomb, the Cold War, Margaret Thatcher and North Sea Oil. As nationalism becomes a credible force in Scotland, a gay photographer, a feminist journalist, a war veteran and a guilt-ridden Conservative MP find their private lives entangled with the ideological conflicts of the times.
  • Cover scan of The Fanatic
    The Fanatic
    James Robertson - Paperback - Fourth Estate
    Andrew Carlin is employed as a ghost on the nightly Tour of Old Edinburgh. He pretends to be the spirit of Major Weir, a religious extremist burnt at the stake in 1670. As he researches the character, Carlin is drawn into the past.
  • Cover scan of Joseph Knight

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    Joseph Knight
    James Robertson - Paperback - Fourth Estate
    Exiled to Jamaica in 1746, Sir John Wedderburn made a fortune, returning to Scotland with Joseph Knight, a black slave. Now, in 1802, Sir John is settling his estate, and wants to find his former slave. Can old wounds that once touched the heart of Scottish law ever heal?
  • Cover scan of A Scots Parliament
    A Scots Parliament
    James Robertson - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    This is a comprehensive introduction to the Scottish Parliament, both past and present, written in accessible, straightforward modern Scots.
  • Cover scan of The Testament of Gideon Mack
    The Testament Of Gideon Mack
    James Robertson - Paperback - Penguin
    Mack is a minister who doesn't believe in God, the Devil or an afterlife. Until one day, when he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan himself.
  • Cover scan of Voyage Of Intent
    Voyage Of Intent: Sonnets And Essays From The Scottish Parliament
    James Robertson - Paperback - Luath
    Here are 11 sonnets and three essays written by James Robertson. They create snapshots of the Scottish Parliament and the people working and living in and around it, and convey the historical relationship between Scottish literature, identity, politics and the Royal Mile as a literary location.

Bibliography

Itchy Coo Scots Language Books for Children (some with Matthew Fitt)

  • Cover scan of A.A. Milne's Winnie-The-Pooh In Scots

    £5.94
    Winnie-The-Pooh In Scots
    A. A. Milne - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    First published in 1926, 'Winnie-the-Pooh' is one of the classics of children's literature. This book is a Scots translation of the A.A. Milne tale, which will delight both bairns and adults alike.
  • Cover scan of The Hoose At Pooh's Neuk

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    The Hoose At Pooh's Neuk
    A. A. Milne - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    Following on the success of 'Winnie-the-Pooh in Scots', here comes the second volume of stories featuring Pooh, Wee Grumphie, Heehaw, Hoolet & all the other creatures of the forest, & introducing the strippit bampot Teeger.
  • Cover scan of Katie's Ferm
    Katie's Ferm: A Hide & Seek Book For Wee Folk
    James Robertson; Matthew Fitt; Karen Sutherland - Boards - Itchy Coo
    Katie visits her grandparents' farm and goes in search of the mischievous cat Tam, who keeps one step ahead of her all the way. Katie asks all the animals if they have seen Tam.
  • Cover scan of Katie's Moose
    Katie's Moose: A Keek-A-Boo Book For Wee Folk
    James Robertson; Matthew Fitt; Karen Sutherland - Boards - Itchy Coo
    Babies and young children will love the simple story of Katie gathering up her animal friends in time for bed. Each page shows Katie looking for the Dug, the Pig, the Bear, the Craw, the Coo and of course the wee Moose.
  • Cover scan of The Sleekit Mr Tod

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    The Sleekit Mr Tod
    Roald Dahl - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    Following the bestselling 'The Eejits' ('The Twits') and 'Geordie's Mingin Medicine', here is another Roald Dahl story translated into Scots. Fantastic Mr Fox becomes Sleekit Mr Tod, and he'll require all his wily wits to escape Fermers Bodge, Bauchle and Beek.
  • The Smoky Smirr O Rain
    The Smoky Smirr O Rain: A Scots Anthology
    Matthew Fitt; James Robertson - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    This anthology contains a vast selection of literature in Scots. Arranged thematically into topics such as love, home, death, jealousy, pride, ambition, freedom, work and play, it gives teachers and students immense scope both for comparative analysis and exploration of the main concerns of individual authors.
  • Tam O Shanter's Big Night Out

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    Tam O Shanter's Big Night Oot: Wee Plays In Scots
    Matthew Fitt; James Robertson - Paperback - Itchy Coo
    This collection of eight plays has been conceived and written by teachers and pupils from all over Scotland. Not only will this anthology give students access to modern Scots texts for speaking aloud, but it will also help to build confidence in writing in Scots.