Raymond Antrobus

Spoken Word, Poetry, Education, Literature & Social Commentary

Raymond Antrobus is an award winning British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor, educator and co-curator of Chill Pill. He is born and bred in East London, Hackney and is one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2017 he was awarded 1 of 3 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and is a Complete Works 3 fellow.


Raymond's poems have been published in numerous anthologies including Bloodaxe  ('Ten Poets Of The New Generation' and 'The Mighty Stream') as well as literary journals such as POETRY magazine (US), Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, The Deaf Poet's Society etc.


His first pamphlet - Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus (2012) - is published by Burning Eye Books. His second pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017) is published by Outspoken Press. His debut poetry collection, 'The Perseverance' will be published by Penned In The Margins (2018).


Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival etc) to universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warrick etc). He has won numerous slams (Farrago International Slam Champion 2010, The Canterbury Slam 2013 and was joint winner at the Open Calabash Slam in 2016). 


He has also read internationally (South Africa, Kenya, North America, Jamaica, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland etc)


Raymond is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets. Raymond’s poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd.


Sky Arts and Ideas Tap listed Raymond in the top 20 promising young artists in the UK. The Fadar listed Raymond as a Writer Of Colour to watch out for in 2017.


“His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” - Kwame Dawes


 “Raymond uses nostalgia for a place and a time, but resists sentimentality completely. He makes the reader/listener experience the moment with all the senses and very skilfully sets that up against a harsher reality” – Imtiaz Dharker


Photographer: Anthony Keiler / Caleb Femi

Raymond Antrobus