Robin Bell is an award winning poet and documentary writer who lived in New York and London for many years before returning to his native Scotland. He is probably best-known for Strathinver: A Portrait Album 1945-1953, a dramatised version of which won a Sony Award for Best British Radio Feature and Documentary. It was hailed by David Wade in The Times as 'Scotland's answer, and a confident one, to Under Milk Wood''. 'Occasionally, a book appears which alters the whole body of poetry of the relevant country and beyond. This is such a book.' Tom Scott, Books In Scotland. Bittersweet Within My Heart, his translations of the French poems of Mary, Queen of Scots, was described by Van Hennessy in the Daily Mail as 'The most moving and intimate of all royal autobiographical writing. Historically, they are sensational. They offer us a glimpse into a noblewoman's heart and are the most intimate and moving of all autobiographical writing.'