Robert Hull has published five books of poetry: Encouraging Shakespeare (Peterloo), On Portsouth Station (Beafred, 2008), and three volumes for children – High Tide (Salt, 2010), Stargrazer (Hodder) short-listed for the Signal prize in 1998, Everest and Chips (Oxford University Press, 2002) shortlisted for the 2003 CLPE award. A sixth collection – Scops Owl – was due from Peterloo before its recent demise.
His many titles for children include history, poetry anthologies, and retellings of myth. West African Stories (Wayland) was shortlisted for the 1999 Kurt Maschler Award.
He has written three much-praised books about teaching: Behind the Poem (Routledge, 1988), a scrutiny and celebration of children’s writing ; The Language Gap (Methuen), a critical account of language practices in schooling; and Poetry – from Reading to Writing (Routledge, 2009), an ‘essential’ guide for junior school teachers.