Poet, Performer, Broadcaster
& Arts professional
About ME
Poetry collections

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.

A sense of engagement

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

Wider arts role

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.”

Poetry Wales


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

Robert Seatter
Poet, Performer, Broadcaster and Arts Professional