Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2020 RSL Ondaatje Prize. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the Black British writing canon. His latest collection, 'A Portable Paradise', was a New Statesman book of the year.
He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and the 2020 Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, as well as being commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Roger has received commissions from, among others, 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 experienced workshop leader and has toured extensively with the British Council. 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.
Roger is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records. Roger was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.