James Robertson is a novelist, short story writer, poet, translator, editor and publisher. Born in 1958, he studied history at Edinburgh University and worked in the book trade before becoming a full-time writer. His many publications include two collections of stories, four novels, poetry, essays, a collection of Scottish Ghost Stories and a Dictionary of Scottish Quotations.
In 1993–5 he was Writer in Residence at Brownsbank Cottage, former home of Hugh MacDiarmid. In 2010 he was appointed as Writer in Residence on Edinburgh Napier University’s new Creative Writing MA.
He established Kettillonia, a small pamphlet press, in 1999 and is a co-founder and the general editor of the Scots language children’s book imprint Itchy Coo.
His novels are The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack and most recently And the Land Lay Still. He lives in Angus.