Winner of the TS Eliot Prize 2019


Roger is a writer and educator who has taught and performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, The National Portrait Gallery, V&A, INIVA, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist. He is an alumni of The Complete Works.

His workshops have been 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 is the winner of the 2019 TS Eliot Prize and his latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was selected as a New Statesman book of the year. He was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize 2013. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records.



Winner of the TS Eliot Poetry Prize 2019
Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020
Shortlisted for The Derek Walcott Poetry Prize

The poems express a fierce anger against injustice, but also convey the irrepressible sense that Roger Robinson cannot help but love people for their humour, oddity and generosity of spirit. These are finely crafted poems, but what first strikes the reader is Roger Robinsons capacity to tell involving stories and capture the essence of a character in a few words.

‘His poems are deep, mature, moving and inventive.’ Bernadine Evaristo for New Statesman

‘Robinson relentlessly reminds us of the evil that stalks the land. Glenville Ashby, PhD, for Kaieteur News

‘a raw, powerful and inspiring collection that will touch you deeply, and which you will return to often.’ Tricia Wombell for Words of Colour

A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson

TS Eliot Prize Winner

The Guardian
Blood Terror & Bass

The heavy return of dub poetry

The Guardian


Afua Hirsch

With Portable Paradise, Roger Robinson shows us that he can be the voice of our communal consciousness, while at the same time always subverting, playing and beguiling with his beautiful verse.

Charlie Dark

here is poetry and then there is Roger Robinson. That is all. From the moment I first met him until now the passion and craft for the pen remains the same. A master wordsmith, one of the last true poets.

Raymond Antrobus

Grenfell was an event so devastating many of us struggled to find the words for it so what better time to turn to one of the most prominent voices in Caribbean-British poetry


Peepal Tree Lit Fest
Leeds, UK
In Conversation with Bernadine Evaristo
Brixton, UK
Residency at Arvon The Hurst
Shropshire, UK
Writing East Midlands Conference: Key Note Speaker
Lincoln, UK
In Conversation with Linton Kwesi Johnson
Bradford, UK
KMS Zez festival
Zagreb, HR
Brighton Festival
Brighton, UK
Bath Literature Festival
Bath, UK
Treasure Beach, JM



Over the years I’ve realized how much I love teaching. My purpose in teaching is to break students out of the fear of doing something badly and show them that the writing is in the editing. My experience in teaching has been primarily to show that writers are not born but made from consistent practise and craft.

I have found writing to be highly correlated with reading. You can’t have the creative development you seek without first finding enjoyment in the written word.

Roger Robinson is a sought after internationally acclaimed writer, educator and workshop leader in poetry. He travels the world inspiring students to believe in their own ability to write. He also works hands on with organisations, universities and agencies helping them to reignite their source of creativity. Through writing, programming or curation he helps them to put that creativity back into their work.


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