I have published four poetry collections: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, all from Seren. The Book of Snow, came out in autumn 2016 from Two Rivers Press. A new collection, The Museum of Everything, is due from Seren in spring 2021.
I am also a poet who enjoys reading his work to an audience, having worked in theatre, TV and radio as actor, reader and animator. Audiences have appreciated my genuine sense of engagement:
“Robert Seatter is a witty, engaging and dynamic reader of his own work; his readings are a sheer pleasure – audiences delight in his charm and warmth. Book him!”
Catherine Smith, Lewes Poetry
In addition, I am a wide-ranging Arts professional. I regularly chair literary debates and discussions; I have been a lucid adjudicator of countless poetry competitions; and am an experienced arts trustee. I was Chair of The Poetry Trust which ran the acclaimed Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and I am now Chair of The Poetry Archive.
Finally, I have worked in broadcasting, at the BBC, for over twenty years, in a range of roles, both in front of and behind the microphone/camera. At present, I am Head of BBC History, telling the story of the Corporation at the heart of national life, as well as on the global stage.
I have won many awards and nominations for my poetry including National Poetry Competition, London Poetry, Forward Poetry Prize and Housman Poetry Prize. Critical response has been very positive:
“Fresh, uncluttered poetry… where a kind of luminous immanence is possible.”
1st Prize Torbay Poetry Competition, 2015
1st Prize Wells Poetry Competition, 2012
Commended Scintilla 12 Competition, 2011
Commended Yorkshire Poetry Competition, 2010
Shortlisted for Best Individual Poem, Forward Poetry Prize, 2001
2nd Prize London Poetry Competition, 2001
1st Prize London Poetry Competition, 2000
Commended Housman Poetry Prize, 2000
Commended Housman Poetry Prize, 1998
Commended National Poetry Competition, 1998
Commended National Poetry Competition, 1997
1st Prize, Ripley Poetry Competition, 1999
1st Prize, Ripley Poetry Competition, 1998
1st Prize Harlow Poetry Competition, 1997