Robert Alan Jamieson

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Robert Alan Jamieson (b. 1958) is a Scottish and Shetlandic poet and novelist who grew up on the crofting community of Sandness.[1] He is currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he works as a Creative Writing tutor at Edinburgh University.[2] He was co-editor of the Edinburgh Review from 1993–1998, as well as being a Creative Writing Fellow at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, 1998-2001.[3][4]


  • Soor Hearts (1984),
  • Thin Wealth (1986)
  • A Day at the Office (1991), which was named by the Edinburgh based List Magazine as one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time, commenting that "each page of this book – a precursor to much modern experimental Scottish fiction – looks more like a work of art than a novel".[5]
  • Da Happie Laand (2010)


Jamieson writes in the Scots dialect of Shetlandic. Some of his works are:

  • Shoormal (1986)
  • Nort Atlantik Drift (1999), reprinted in a bilingual edition in 2007. Includes "Laamint fir da tristie".
  • Ansin t'Sjaetlin: some responses to the language question (2005)


  • (Contributor) Pax Edina: The One O' Clock Gun Anthology (Edinburgh, 2010)[6]