Robin Houghton poetHi there. This blog is (mostly) about my adventures in poetry – reading, writing, successes and rejections, plus all the lovely people I’m meeting along the way. And a few other doo-dads that may or may not be poetry-related. Details of what I’ve had published and some sample poems are here.

Thanks for dropping in. Do say hello or leave me a comment.

Poetry background

After a lifelong ‘dabbling’ in poetry, as I approached my fiftieth birthday I decided to stop mucking about and to set myself the goal of getting a poem published in a reputable magazine. I needed a sign, if you like, that I had some modicum of talent worth working on. The Gods of Poetry (in the shape of Michael Mackmin at The Rialto) gave me that sign, and it made me serious about writing and reading poetry. Three years later I was invited to read at the AGM of the Poetry Society at Keats House in London, and in 2016 I had a poem accepted for Eyewear’s ‘Best New British & Irish Poets 2017’. I’ve won some competitions & awards and had a lot of poems published in magazines. But it’s not a fairytale. I’m not a prolific poet, I struggle with fitting poems into a collection and I’ve a huge amount to learn – as an editor recently told me, I have ‘no literary education.’ It’s true that I haven’t done a creative writing MA. But I’m reading, and listening, and trying.

In 2014 I got together with Peter Kenny to form Telltale Press, a poets’ publishing collective. We now have five members, and as well as publishing members’ pamphlets we also hold regular readings and events. It’s fun and inspirational to work alongside other poets, encouraging and promoting each other and the Telltale ethos. I’ve learnt a lot from the experience. For a year or so I was the Brighton Stanza Rep, and now I’m a member of the Hastings Stanza, a fine and supportive workshopping group.

Day job

My professional work is social media communications. I have over fifteen years’ experience in online marketing, have written three books about blogging and trained probably thousands of people over the years in email & online marketing and social media. Here are the social media services I offer to writers. I’ve also written two ebooks –  ‘How to Use Twitter’ and ‘Get More Out of Twitter’, aimed at writers. (See the link in the right hand column).

Blogging for Creatives was published by Ilex Press in 2012 is available from Amazon & good booksellers. I’ve written two more titles since then, Blogging for Writers (November 2014) and The Golden Rules of Blogging (and when to break them) – (March 2015) – both from Ilex in the UK/worldwide and F + W/HOW Books in the US.

I blogged about social media, small business marketing, communication and technology at http://www.robinhoughton.com, spanning the years 2002 – 2012. If you’d like to know more about my background & experience best take a look at my LinkedIn profile, it’s all there. Contact me on Twitter @RobinHoughton.

Nowadays I mostly do one-to-one mentoring in social media and web projects, and run both public and bespoke workshops and courses. From time to time you’ll find me teaching courses at New Writing South in Brighton. I specialise in helping people feel more confident and empowered about social media.

I’m also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Society of Authors.

Disclosure: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links – in other words, if you follow a link to my book ‘Blogging for Creatives’ on Amazon and subsequently buy it, it earns me a minuscule commission.


  1. Meg cox says

    Rialto has just mentioned your blog on Facebook. I have read a lot of your blogs now and I am really pleased to have found you. Love them. For one thing I am a poet. For another I am Sussex born and bred and trained as a nurse at the RSCH in Brighton. Brighton may be my favourite place. All common ground. But it is more than that – I feel i know and like you!

  2. Meg cox says

    when I reread my comment I thought it may be a bit odd. But actually that is the skill of a good blog, I think, that it invites a reader to feel that the writer is a friend, someone you like. And now I have downloaded your book onto my kindle, so I will find out if that is so!

  3. Love your blog, such a pleasure and relief to read something well written, and it looks gorgeous. It has clear value for fellow poets, a personal touch and then of course it is peppered with the poems themselves, treats for all of us. Thank you.

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  5. Thanks Robin. Glad to have happened on your blog through ED search. Obviously a lot going on here. I’ll investigate! Regards from Thom at the immortal Jukebox (give it a spin).

  6. Hi Robin. I have just read your poem “The Long-Haired Girls” in the latest copy of Rialto and loved it! So thought I need to find out more about you, hence my visit 🙂 Julie

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