David Roberts is a writer, publisher, and the editor of the war poetry website: www.warpoetry.co.uk
He edited two very successful anthologies of poetry of the First World War: Minds at War, The Poetry and Experience of the First World War (1996) and Out in the Dark, Poetry of the First World War, in Context and with Basic Notes (1998). Both were published by Saxon Books and have been reprinted many times.
Moved and disturbed by the war in Kosovo and the NATO bombing campaign he wrote a collection of poetry, Kosovo War Poetry, published by Saxon Books in 2000.
For many years he has been interested in international relations and in particular is concerned with matters of war and peace, and the reform of the United Nations. For two years he was a member of the Executive Committee of Action for UN Renewal. He wrote a pamphlet for them, Lessons from Iraq, the UN must be Reformed (2004). He is working on a book about the United Nations.
His book, The European Union and You (2007) is a weighty guide to the European Union, its origins, development, problems and potential. Published by Saxon Books it is now (2012) in some respects a little out of date.
He has edited a volume of poetry by British, Argentine and Falkland Islands writers, Falklands War Poetry (2012). Saxon Books.
His latest book is a superbly produced anthology of First World War poetry, We Are The Dead, Poems and Paintings of the Great War, 1914-1918. Published (2012) by The Red Horse Press. The poetry is not just by British writers, but but breaks new ground by including poems by Irish, Australian, Canadian, French and German poets. On almost every page are war paintings of the period, many of which have languished in museum vaults for over 90 years, unseen by the general public.
Other interests include economics, psychology, social organisation, justice for criminals who start wars of aggression, banning nuclear weapons, justice for Palestinians, films, art, music, gardening, swimming, jogging, walking, travel (including using his folding caravan), lazing in the sun, and dining with friends and family.
His earlier career has included being a farm labourer, a cost clerk, a technical representative for an electric tools manufacturer and a teacher (for 24 years). When he was 17 he wrote a full-length play, The Last Days, which was performed by students of Sheffield University in 1965. He wrote libretti for the cantata New Creation and the Rock Symphony, Chrysalis, with music by David Fellingham. These were performed in 1972 and 1973 at the Dome Brighton.
David Roberts was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK, in October 1942 and lives with his wife in Sussex.