Roger Robinson (poet)

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Roger Robinson is an award-winning writer and performer who lives between England and Trinidad.[1] He describes himself as "a British resident with a Trini sensibility".[2] He was chosen by arts organisation Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced black-British writing over the past 50 years.[1][2] He was a spoken-word performer in London in the early 1990s, before branching out to start performing poetry with bands he would meet, including Techno Animal, Flytronix, The Bugz, Attica Blues and Speeka.[3] Robinson is the lead vocalist for musical crossover project King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records.[4][5]


Robinson was born in Hackney, London, and at the age of four went with his parents to live in Trinidad, returning to England when he was 19[6] in the 1980s.[7]

Robinson has toured extensively with the British Council, traveling to Vietnam, the Philippines, Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece, India, the Czech Republic and Mozambique, among other places.[7] As well as performing, he has led workshops and lectured on poetry and performance.[1] His one-man shows The Shadow Boxer, Letter from My Father's Brother and Prohibition all premiered at the British Festival of Visual Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre.[1] Until 2000, Robinson was programme co-ordinator of the performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes. In 1999 he was one of 30 poets chosen for the New Generation Poets collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London.[1]

Commissions he has received include from Theatre Royal Stratford East, the National Trust, London Open House, the National Portrait Gallery, LIFT and the Tate. His workshops have been a part of a shortlist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award-winning Barbican Centre's Can I Have A Word.[8]

In 2010 his poetry collection Suckle won the People's Book Prize.[4][7] His album of spoken folk, illclectica, was released on Altered Vibes records in 2004;[1] it was named by Mojo Magazine as "number eight in the top ten electronic albums for that year.[9]


  • Suckle (poetry), Waterways Books, 2009. ISBN 978-190-523-3212
  • Suitcase (poetry), Waterways Publishing, 2004.
  • Adventures in 3D (short fiction), Lubin & Kleyner, 2001.
  • The Butterfly Hotel (poetry), Peepal Tree Press (forthcoming), 2013.


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