Tim Robinson was born in 1935 and brought up in Yorkshire, England. He studied mathematics at Cambridge and worked as a teacher and artist in Istanbul, Vienna, and London. In 1972 he moved to the Aran Islands to write and make maps. He now lives in Roundstone, County Galway. Among his books are Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara and Other Writings (1996), My Time in Space (2001), Tales and Imaginings (2002), and two volumes of a projected trilogy, Connemara: Listening to the Wind (2006) and Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (2008). His Folding Landscape Project, which won a major European Conservation Award in 1987, has produced radically new maps of the Burren in County Clare, the Aran Islands, and Connemara.
Robinson’s stunning and erudite explorations of Ireland’s Aran Islands show what travel writing at its very best can do: inform, inspire, and transform our ideas of place and history. “Robinson has done for the west of Ireland what Ruskin did for Venice, Proust for the voids and vasts of time.” —Telegraph
Mapmaker Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland in the 1970s and fell in love with their geography and history. In Pilgrimage, he walks the perimeter of Árainn, its largest island, and the result is “a loving anatomy…in which the point where nature and culture meet in the island is observed with great beauty and precision.” (Colm Tóibín)