ROBERT SEATTER

ROBERT SEATTER

ABOUT ME

I have published four poetry collections: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, all from Seren. A new collection, The Book of Snow, came out in autumn 2016 from Two Rivers Press.

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 am currently Chair of The Poetry Trust which runs the acclaimed Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

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.

 

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

poet, performer, broadcaster
and arts professional

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NEWS

THE BOOK OF SNOW

On 10 November 2016, I launched my new collection, The Book of Snow, in central London. This book combines poem, artwork and design in a unique and compelling combination.

Follow up readings happened at Tunbridge Wells (Kent & Sussex Poetry Society) and Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, South Oxfordshire (St James church and Telephone Box installation).

Readings in 2017 include:

  • Ware Poets 6 Jan;
  • Reading Poets 14 July;
  • Arvon Centre at Totleigh Barton 18-23 Sep.

Poetry collections this focused and intricately assembled are rare – The Book of Snow reveals Seatter at his most lyrical and elegiac while also at his most honest and sharp.

Jane Draycott

This extraordinary book takes on the structure of crystals, in poems of love and evanescence, radiant light and wordfall into silence.

Imtiaz Dharker

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PERFORMANCE

I have read my work extensively in festivals, on TV and radio, and at reading groups, and I enjoy the whole process of presenting and illuminating my poetry. Here are some comments from recent literature events:

Robert Seatter ‘delivers’ as a poet on at least two counts: he writes excellent poems and audiences love the warmth and assurance of his live readings. His stylish exploration of love and loss were a highlight of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and we were quick to invite him back to Suffolk for our Poetry@The Cut reading series. On page or stage, he’s always a pleasure.

Naomi Jaffa, Artistic Director, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

The performance lives up to the poems – elegant, witty, polished, engaging, accessible, and always delivered with panache, precision and warmth. Robert Seatter’s poems have great integrity and depth, and he is a wonderful reader of his work – every inch the professional. A class act.

Clare Best, Chiddingly Festival, Sussex

Video of The Cello & the Nightingale

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Launch reading for The Book of Snow

POETRY

He has reached his mature style, and has the assurance to trust his own instincts as to what works best in fitting these poems together.

Assent

His poems can remind us how complex a business it is to recall and rebuild a world, and how the act of doing so comes bundled with its own sense of loss.

Poetry London

A confident and accessible voice.

Oxford Poetry

Packs a considerable emotional punch.

Acumen

AWARDS

  • 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

WIDER ARTS

Arts Governance

I have been a Trustee of The Poetry Trust, which runs the acclaimed Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, from 2009 to 2016. In 2015,
I took over as its Chairman.


Chairing of arts events

I have chaired high-level arts discussion at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, featuring both UK and international writers. Platform themes have ranged from Poetry and conflict, Poetry and freedom to Poetry and beauty, Poetry and disobedience.

I also regularly chair and introduce events for Poet in the City, including latterly: War Music: the poetry of Homer past, present and future; Poetry and Conflict: featuring Mark Doty and Naomi Shehab Nye.

Adjudication

From 2010 to 2015, I was Chair of Judges for the Fenton 1st Collection Prize, run by The Poetry Trust, selecting the best first collection each year from over 80 annual poetry titles.

I have judged many poetry competitions including latterly: Crabbe Poetry Competition; Ware Poetry Competition; Ripley Poetry Competition, as well as school poetry competitions

In 2016, I was Chair of Judges for Poetry By Heart (North London), the competition that inspires young people to engage with poetry by committing poems to memory.

CURATION

In 2005, I curated a sequence of community poems into an eclectic and glorious hoarding manifestation for the Voices of White City project.

I curated a telephony-inspired poetry installation in 2015, the Telephone Box gallery, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon: surely the smallest arts venue in Oxfordshire!

Dynamic international discussion at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Crabbe Poetry Competition adjudication

Poetry installation in a Telephone Box, Oxfordshire, 2015

Poetry by Heart contestants, North London

CONTACT

Email: robertseatter@hotmail.com

Tel: 0773 9300258

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