Tim Robinson (cartographer)

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Tim Robinson (born 1935) is a writer and cartographer. Born in Yorkshire, he studied mathematics at Cambridge University. After a career as a visual artist in Istanbul, Vienna and London he settled in the Aran Islands, off the coast of Co. Galway, and began a detailed study of the landscape of the West of Ireland. He has won two Irish Book Awards for his Connemara books.

Works[edit]

Robinson has produced maps of the Aran Islands, Connemara, and the Burren in Co. Clare; these are published by Folding Landscapes, the imprint he and his wife Máiréad run from their Roundstone base.

His two-volume study of the Aran Islands, Stones of Aran, is a much-praised compendium of topographical and culture lore, described by Michael Viney as "One of the most original, revelatory and exhilarating works of literature ever produced in Ireland."[1] Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage follows the form of a coastal exploration, while Stones of Aran: Labyrinth explores the interior.

His most recent work has been the publication of a three-volume study of Connemara: Listening to the Wind, A Little Gaelic Kingdom, and The Last Pool of Darkness. He is a member of the Irish arts organisation Aosdána.

Awards[edit]

Tim Robinson has won two Irish Book Awards: the 2007 Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Connemara: Listening to the Wind [2] and the 2011 International Education Services Best Irish-Published Book of the Year for Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom.[3]

Principal publications[edit]

  • Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (The Lilliput Press, 1986)
  • Connemara: A One-Inch Map, with Introduction and Gazetteer (Folding Landscapes, 1990)
  • Stones of Aran: Labyrinth (Lilliput Press, 1995)
  • Oileáin Arann: A Map of the Aran Islands, with a Companion to the Map (Folding Landscapes, 1996)
  • Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara (The Lilliput Press, 1996)
  • The Burren: A Map of the Uplands of North-West County Clare (Folding Landscapes, 1999)
  • My Time in Space (The Lilliput Press, 2001)
  • Tales and Imaginings (The Lilliput Press, 2002)
  • Connemara: Listening to the Wind (Penguin Ireland, 2006)
  • Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (Penguin Ireland, 2008)
  • Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom (Penguin Ireland, 2011)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Viney, review of The Stones of Aran, Irish Times.
  2. ^ Irish Book Awards: Previous Winners
  3. ^ Irish Book Awards: 2011 Awards

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