Roger Robinson


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Roger is a Trinidadian writer and performer who has lived in London for 20 years. He 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 (all premiered at the British Festival of Visual Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre). He was also chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon over the past 50 years. He has received commissions from Theatre Royal Stratford East, The National Trust, London Open House and the National Portrait Gallery. 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 extensively with the British Council including Turkey, Vietnam, Philippines, Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece, India, the Czech Republic, Botswana and Mozambique. He is a co-founder of the international writing collective Malika's Kitchen. In 2007 and 2010 he received a Grants for the Arts Award from the Arts Council.
He has been an associate artist at Theatre Royal Stratford East where he ran SpokeLab a theatre and spoken word development program. He published a book of short fiction, Adventures in 3D (2001) and a poetry collection, Suitcase (2004) and a solo album called Illclectica on Altered Vibes Records. Up to 2000, Roger Robinson was programme co-coordinator of Apples and Snakes. He was one of 30 poets chosen for the New Generation Poets collection at the National Portrait Gallery. His new book Suckle was published in Jun 2010 by Waterways Press and is a winner of the Peoples Book Prize. He is currently a member of the band King Midas Sound whose critically acclaimed debut Waiting for you is released on Hyperdub Reecords.

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