Robin Skelton was born in Easington, East Yorkshire, England and attended Cambridge and Leeds Universities. In 1963 he emigrated to Canada and was instrumental in starting the Creative Writing program at UVic as well as the Special Collections department at the McPherson Library on campus. He edited the universities' Malahat Review literary journal from 1967 to 1983 and was the publications' longest acting editor. Known principally for his writing and poetry, Robin was active in the Limner Art Group in Victoria and used collage as his primary artistic expression. He later delved into soapstone carving, printmaking and sculpture. He first exhibited with the Peterloo Group in Manchester in 1957 and continued to contribute art works to group shows in Victoria as well as Vancouver Island Jury shows. His work is included in a number of public collections in Canada and several private collection sin Canada, U.S.A., and Great Britain.