Roger Robinson is a Trinidadian writer, dub poet and musician who has lived in London for 25 years. He has performed worldwide with King Midas Sound and Jahtari and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry.
His book A Portable Paradise won the prestigious T. S. Eliot Prize 2019. He is the second writer of Caribbean heritage to win the prize, the highest value award in UK poetry.
A Portable Paradise was only the second book of poetry to win the Ondaatje Prize in May 2020.
His solo music album Illclectica was released in 2004 on Altered Vibes and was named by Mojo Magazine as number eight in the top ten electronic albums for that year. Robinson is a founding member of the band King Midas Sound relasing on Hyperdub Records and Ninja Tunes.
Since 2015 Roger released the highly acclaimed dub poetry epics “Dis Side Ah Town” and “Dog Heart City” alongside disrupt on Jahtari.
His one-man shows are: The Shadow Boxer, Letter from My Father’s Brother, and Prohibition. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. 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’s Can I Have A Word. He has toured internationally with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen.
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