Robert Alan Jamieson

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Robert Alan Jamieson (born 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]