Tim Robinson (cartographer)

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Tim Robinson
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Tim Drever, London 2019 by John Drever
Born1935
Yorkshire, England
Died3 April 2020 (aged 85)
London, England
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Timothy Drever Robinson (1935 – 3 April 2020) was an English writer, artist and cartographer. His most famous works include books about Ireland's Aran Islands [1] and Connemara, [2] in the West of Ireland. He was also well known for producing exceptionally detailed maps of the Aran Islands, The Burren, and Connemara, what he called "the ABC of earth wonders". [3]

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Early life and education

Born in England, [4] he studied mathematics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. [4]

Career

After a career as a visual artist using the name Timothy Drever, [5] in Istanbul, Vienna and London, he settled in the Aran Islands, off the coast of County Galway in the 1970s, and began a detailed study of the landscape of the West Region, Ireland. [6]

Robinson produced his first map of the Aran Islands in 1975 with a second edition in 1980, and "Oileáin Árainn", an accompaniment to the map in 1996. After his initial map of Aran, in 1977, he produced a two-inch map of the uplands of North-West Clare, covering The Burren, with a second edition in 1999. In 1981, Robinson began to turn his attentions to Connemara, writing a pamphlet, later expanded into a book, called "Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara". There followed a series of recurring articles in the Connacht Tribune under the title "Mapping South Connemara". In 1990, Robinson published his 1-inch map of Connemara with an accompanying gazetteer. Like the other two regional maps, these were published by Folding Landscapes, the specialist publishing house and information centre Tim and his wife Máiréad ran from their Roundstone base. [7]

In 1987 Tim and Máiréad Robinson won the first Ford European Conservation award that was given in Ireland, and they went on to represent Ireland at the Ford European Conservation Awards in Madrid the following year, 1988.[ citation needed ]

Tim Robinson was elected Parnell Visiting Fellow for 2011, at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He delivered the annual Parnell Lecture in February, 2011. Its title is ‘A Land without Shortcuts’, and it was published in the Dublin Review. [8]

His two-volume study of the Aran Islands, Stones of Aran, is a much-praised compendium of topographical and culture lore, described by Michael Viney as "One of the most original, revelatory and exhilarating works of literature ever produced in Ireland." [9] Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage follows the form of a coastal exploration, while Stones of Aran: Labyrinth explores the interior.

His most recent work was the publication of a three-volume study of Connemara called Listening to the Wind, A Little Gaelic Kingdom, and The Last Pool of Darkness. He was a member of the Irish arts organisation Aosdána. [10]

Robinson won two Irish Book Awards: the 2007 Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Connemara: Listening to the Wind, [11] and the 2011 International Education Services Best Irish-Published Book of the Year for Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom. [12] Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson won the 2016 Lois Roth Award for a Translation of a Literary Work for Graveyard Clay / Cré na Cille: A Narrative in Ten Interludes, by Máirtín Ó Cadhain (Yale Univ. Press, 2016). [13] Connemara: Listening to the Wind was also short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2007 (awarded to books of any genre that evoke the spirit of a place). [8]

Tim Robinson was the focus of a poetic film by Pat Collins, Tim Robinson – Connemara (Harvest Films 2011) with original music by Susan Stenger: "An exploration of landscape, history and mythology – this film acts as an intersection between writing, film-making and the natural world". [14]

Personal life

Robinson died at St Pancras Hospital on 3 April 2020 at the age of 85, as a result of COVID-19 during the pandemic in the United Kingdom. [15] Robinson died two weeks after the death of his wife and collaborator Máiréad Robinson. [4] Tim was a maternal cousin of experimental physicist Ronald Drever and uncle of acoustic ecologist and sound artist, John Levack Drever. [16]

Principal publications

Exhibitions

Timothy Drever/ Tim Robinson

Collections

Archives

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References

  1. Tim Robinson, "Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage", (Dublin, Lilliput Press, 1986) and "Stones of Aran: Labyrinth", (Dublin, Lilliput Press, 1995).
  2. Tim Robinson, "Listening to the Wind", (Dublin, Penguin Press, 2007), "The Last Pool of Darkness", (Dublin, Penguin Press, 2008), "A Little Gaelic Kingdom", (Dublin, Penguin Press, 2012).
  3. Robinson, Tim (1996). Setting foot on the shores of Connemara & other writings. Dublin: Lilliput Press. ISBN   1-874675-74-0. OCLC   35520994.
  4. 1 2 3 Carswell, Simon (3 April 2020). "Acclaimed Connemara writer Tim Robinson dies at 85 from coronavirus". The Irish Times . Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. Drever, Timothy (1999). The View from the Horizon. Ireland: Coracle Press. ISBN   978-0906630075.
  6. Siggins, Lorna (25 October 2015). "Tim Robinson: a life of three halves". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  7. "University of Exeter - Tim Robinson". humanities.exeter.ac.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  8. 1 2 "StackPath".
  9. Michael Viney, review of The Stones of Aran Archived 2012-02-29 at the Wayback Machine , Irish Times.
  10. "Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom, By Tim Robinson" . The Independent. 16 December 2011. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  11. Irish Book Awards: Previous Winners Archived 2011-11-17 at the Wayback Machine
  12. Irish Book Awards: 2011 Awards Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  13. "Lois Roth Award for a Translation of a Literary Work Winners".
  14. "Tim Robinson – Connemara". 5 June 2020.
  15. "Author and cartographer Tim Robinson dies from coronavirus". Rte.ie. 3 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  16. "President of Ireland pays tribute to West Hampstead writer Tim Robinson".
  17. 1 2 "Two artists - Janet Mullarney and Tim Robinson". 9 April 2020.
  18. "Timothy Drever: The Dreams of Euclid and Li Yuan-Chia: Four Multiple Cosmagnetics".
  19. "Exhibitions Program - IMMA Collection: A Decade (28 APRIL 2016 - 28 MAY 2017); Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection (15 JULY 2016 - 27 FEBRUARY 2017)" (PDF). IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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