Roger Robinson (poet)
Roger Robinson is an award-winning writer, musician and performer who lives between England and Trinidad. He describes himself as "a British resident with a Trini sensibility". He was chosen by arts organisation Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced black-British writing over the past 50 years. 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. 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, becoming number 10 in the top 50 releases of 2009 in Wire Magazine.
Robinson has toured extensively with the British Council, travelling to Vietnam, the Philippines, Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece, India, the Czech Republic and Mozambique, among other places. As well as performing, he has led workshops and lectured on poetry and performance. 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. 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.
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.
In 2010 his poetry collection Suckle won the People's Book Prize. His 2013 collection The Butterfly Hotel was one of three poetry titles shortlisted for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
His solo album of spoken folk, illclectica, was released on Altered Vibes records in 2004; it was named by Mojo Magazine as "number eight in the top 10 electronic albums for that year. In 2015 he released Dis Side Ah Town, which has been described as "an album that lyrically recalls the most incisive and suggestive lyricists in dub and roots reggae".
- 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 PressFbri, 2013. ISBN 978-1845232191
- illclectica (Altered Vibes, 2004)
- Dis Side Ah Town (2015)
- "Roger Robinson" page at Literature, British Council.
- Davina Morris, "Trini poet Roger Robinson", Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 17 August 2009.
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- "King Midas Sound", Festival Searcher.
- "About", Roger Robinson.
- "Roger Robinson - biography", Meet the Poets, Barbican.
- "Roger Robinson - a writer and performer who lives between London and Trinidad", ItzCaribbean.com.
- "Can I Have a Word?", Barbican.
- "Ten writers vie for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize", Bocas Lit Fest, 25 February 2013.
- Poets and Tutors, The Complete Works II.
- Neil Kulkarni, "Reading The Riot Act: Roger Robinson Interviewed", The Quietus, 13 July 2015.