Author details

Robin Bell


Robin Bell is a poet, broadcaster, documentary writer and visual artist. He grew up in rural Perthshire and lived in New York and London for many years. His Stathinver: A Portrait Album 1945-1953 won a Sony Academy Award for Best British Radio Feature and a Television and Radio Industries of Scotland Award for Best Documentary. Bittersweet Within My Heart, his translations of the French poems of Mary Queen of Scots, was internationally acclaimed and a Scottish best-seller. His exhibition Drawing The Tay, following his winning a Creative Scotland Award, was widely praised.

About writer's work

“Marvellous, imaginative portrayal.” - The Times “Splendid, beautifully written.” - Financial Times “Wit and moving veracity.” - The Guardian “Compelling…excellent.” - The Observer “Sheer oddity and charm.” - The Spectator “Toute nimbee de grace poetique et marquee par l’espoir.” - La Voix du Nord

Websites featuring the author

Scottish Pamphlet Poetry

Current events and projects

I enjoy younger and older audiences who think for themselves, and dislike middle-aged academic audiences who need to be told what to think.

Other work

Currently Available in Perth Museum and Art Gallery Chapeau!, ISBN: 0907495184 Publisher: Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Le Chateau des Enfants, ISBN: 0907495168 Publisher: Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Currently out of print Bittersweet Within my Heart: The Collected Poems of Mary Queen of Scots. Translated and edited by Robin Bell, ISBN 18514598103 Publisher:Pavillion

The Best of Scottish Poetry: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Verse, ISBN: 0550210148 Publisher: Chambers

Strathinver: A Portrait Album 1945-1953, ISBN 086334 0350 Publisher: Macdonald

Local authority where they are based

Perth and Kinross

Local authorities where they can work

Perth and Kinross

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written

Radio Poems

Author(s): Robin Bell
A collection of poems from Robin Bell.

Civil Warrior: The Extraordinary Life and Complete Poetical Works of James Graham First Marquis of Montrose Warrior and Poet

Author(s): Robin Bell
Four centuries after they were written, these words are still used to summon up the courage to do the right thing, rather than submit to the easy option.