Born in Cardiff in 1948, Robert was educated in the city and studied English Literature at Exeter University. His first collection of poems, Workings, won the Welsh Arts Council New Poet Award in 1978 but, for reasons which are still a mystery to him, he stopped writing for almost twenty years.
Robert resumed writing in the late 90s, initially working with artists in other media – music, dance, storytelling, film and installation. With the Medea Madhavi Dance Company he performed Doves at Womad Gran Canaria; and he recorded the cd Nomad ’64 with the cult band Mopti.In 2008 he wrote the poetry voice-over for the television drama-documentary Fighting to the End (BBC2 Wales), which was also screened at the National Museum of Wales exhibition, Sisley in England and Wales. Show of Strength Theatre Company has performed six of his dramatic monologues. In 2010 he retired from his lifelong career as an English teacher in comprehensive schools in Bristol, Sydney Australia, West Sussex and North Somerset. His poetry pamphlet, Waiting for the Wave, was published by Pighog Press in 2012. He has co-written two plays for Inkling Productions Labyrinth (2012) and Green Shoots (2014). He is a member of the poetry workshop and performance group, ‘The Spoke’, which regularly presents its work in Bristol Poetry Festival, and is an experienced reader of his work. Robert is now working on a novel and dissertation in the final year of a part-time PhD at Cardiff University where he also teaches Creative Writing to undergraduates. His new poetry collection, Sax Burglar Blues, is forthcoming from Seren (October 2017).