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Roger Robinson

Poet performer musician.

Roger is a writer who has performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. 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. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, The National Portrait Gallery, The V&A, INIVA and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was an associate artist. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works.

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 was shortlisted for The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, The OCM Bocas 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 has recorded albums on Ninja Tune and Hyperdub with King Midas Sound and solo with Jahtari Records.

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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

9 October 2019

Producer Tobi Kyeremateng and poet/writer Roger Robinson talk about Black writers in the UK, creative citizenship, activism in the arts, and more.