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15th Mar15

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collection –
“The Great Vowel Shift”,
Telltale Press
reference –
“The Golden Rules of Blogging”,
“Blogging for Writers”
“Blogging for Creatives”,
Ilex Press



Although Robin Houghton has been writing poetry since childhood, she only started applying herself seriously (with a view to publication) since 2009.
Her first published poem was in The Rialto 70 (2010) and since then she has had work in The North, Agenda, Iota, Mslexia, Poetry News, The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House and other magazines in print and online, as well as several anthologies.
Robin was awarded the 2013 Hamish Canham Prize from the Poetry Society for her poem Ellipsis. Other successes include the New Writer Poetry Competition 2012 (1st), the 2014 Stanza Competition (1st), and the Plough Poetry Prize 2014 (2nd).
In 2014 she co-founded Telltale Press, a poets’ publishing collective, which subsequently published her first pamphlet The Great Vowel Shift. The collective is set to grow from two to six members in 2015.
Robin is the regional rep for the Brighton Poetry Stanza and is a member of the Needlewriters collective. She is active in the organising of readings and events and has been invited to read at various venues including the Poetry Café, the Troubadour, Lauderdale House and Keats House.
Robin blogs regularly on poetry and various other musings at Poetgal.
By day, Robin is an online /social media communications consultant, trainer and writer. She mentors and runs courses for writers at New Writing South in how to make best use of blogging, social media and all things web. She writes a blog and a free fortnightly email newsletter, Social Media for Writers.
Her first book Blogging for Creatives was published in 2012 by Ilex Press, followed by Blogging for Writers (2014) and The Golden Rules of Blogging (2015) and she has written hundreds of articles for business and trade magazines, blogs, websites and newsletters. She is a course developer for Writers Digest in the US.
After a decade of corporate marketing and living abroad, Robin was delighted to marry for the second and last time in 2002 and has since been settled in East Sussex.