Raymond Antrobus

Spoken Word, Poetry, Education, Literature & Social Commentary

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. He 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.

 

His poems have been published in magazines and literary journals such as POETRY magazine (US), Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora's Programme, British Council Literature, Shooter Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Morning Star, Media Diversified, The Deaf Poet's Society and forthcoming in Wasafiri, University Of Arkansas Press and Bloodaxe, Ten Anthology.

 

His first pamphlet - Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus (2012) - is published by Burning Eye Books. His critically acclaimed second pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017) is published by Outspoken Press. His debut poetry collection 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 runner up at the open mic Calabash Slam in 2016). 

 

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

 

He is currently a Complete Works III fellow.

 

He is the editor of numerous anthologies by young poets and most recently co-edited Magma 'Deaf Issue' with Lisa Kelly.

 

Raymond completed his Creative Writing & Education MA at Goldsmith's University with a distinction.

 

“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

Raymond Antrobus