Born and brought up in Cardiff, Robert Walton studied English Literature at Exeter University. In 1978 his first collection, Workings, won the Welsh Arts Council's New Poet Award. Strangely (and he still doesn't understand why) he immediately stopped writing. It wasn't until the 90s that he resumed. Since then he has written poems for performance in collaboration with musicians, artists, dancers, film-makers and storytellers. A founder member of the Sussex poetry collective, Footwork, he wrote a poetry script for the drama-documentary about Alfred Sisley, Fighting to the End (dir. Colin Thomas, BBC2 Wales, 2008). He has had six monologues produced by Bristol's Show of Strength Theatre Company. After a career as an English teacher, he gained an MA with distinction in Creative Writing at Cardiff University in 2011. Walton is now working towards his PhD.