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Vagaland Vagaland

1909 – 1973

T.A. Robertson, 'Vagaland', grew up in Waas. He is probably Shetland’s best-known and best-loved poet. His work appeared regularly in the New Shetlander and other publications local and national. Published: Laeves fae Vagaland (1952), Mair laeves fae Vagaland (1965), The Collected poems of Vagaland (1975, reprinted 1980). With his wife Martha, he edited Da Sangs at A’ll Sing ta dee (1973). With John J. Graham, he compiled Grammar and Usage of the Shetland Dialect (1952, reprinted 1991), and co-edited Nordern Lichts (1964) and three volumes of the Shetland Folk Book.

Several of Vagaland's poems have been set to music, and appear in the Shetland Folk Society song book Da Sangs at A'll sing ta dee, (pub. 1973 and reprinted in 2013) Recently Water-Lilies was set to music by musician/songwriter Lewie Peterson. 

In 2023, fifty years after Vagaland's death, Shetland Amenity Trust published a selection of his best work under the title Love in Human Herts.

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