Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father, he is the author of 'Shapes & Disfigurements', 'To Sweeten Bitter' and 'The Perseverance' (PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018). Also in 2018 he was awarded 'The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize', (Judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem 'Sound Machine'.
He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University.
Raymond is a founding member of 'Chill Pill' and 'Keats House Poets Forum' and is a board member at 'The Poetry School'.
His poems have been published in POETRY, Poetry Review, News Statesman, The Deaf Poets Society, as well as in anthologies from Bloodaxe, Peepal Tree Press and Nine Arches.
Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, BOCAS etc) to universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warick 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).
His 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.
He divides his time between London, UK and Kingston, Jamaica.
“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