Author details

Robin Cairns


Robin Cairns has had plays performed at various London Fringe theatres including the King’s Head, Islington and the Man In the Moon, Kensington. His “War Of The Worlds” featured as a Time Out “must be seen!” Robin has performed his poetry at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Stanza Poetry festival, Utrecht Poetry Festival, The Wickerman Rock Festival, at comedy clubs, theatres, big nights out and wee nights in. He has played as support to both John Hegley and John Cooper Clarke. “Robin is a force of nature …” (Poetry Scotland) His work has been published by Red Squirrel press and Silkscreen press. Robin teaches poetry and songwriting in schools across Scotland.

In August 2013 his one-man show The Weegies Have Stolen The One O-Clock Gun played to 1400 people over 20 nights at The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh. “An absolute wee gem of a show” ( Robin runs the Last Monday at Rio poetry sessions every month in The Rio Café, Glasgow and is always happy to get out and entertain new audiences, large and small, wherever they meet.

About writer's work

The things I’ve written which people are most fond of are Old Lochgelly – recalling the horrors of corporal punishment. Then there is The Haggis Replies in which the neglected star of every Burns Supper gets to say his piece. I’d Rather be A Nudie Than A Hoodie recalls the experience of seeing a drunk Glasgow Ned stripping naked in Dumbarton Road and staggering off into the night. Sawney Bean – A Very Scottish Cannibal is a dark thriller done as a one-man show which has found huge acclaim at The Burns Museum, Ayr, at The Stanza Poetry Festival and at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow.

Websites featuring the author

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Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Performance Poet, Playwright, Poet


English, Scots