May Meeting – Raymond Antrobus, winner of the Ted Hughes Prize
Photograph by Tenee Attoh
Our May meeting, Tuesday 21st May, again 8pm at the Vittle & Swig, will be privileged to have Raymond Antrobus as our guest. He he has just won the Ted Hughes Prize for new poetry.
Raymond describes himself as a poet, educator, editor, curator and investigator of missing sounds. He was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. Raymond is the author of ‘Shapes & Disfigurements’, ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ and ‘The Perseverance’ (PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018). In 2018 he was awarded ‘The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize’, (Judged by Ocean Vuong), for his poem ‘Sound Machine’. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton. He is also one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. Raymond is a founding member of ‘Chill Pill’ and ‘Keats House Poets Forum’ and is a board member at ‘The Poetry School’.
Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, BOCAS etc) to universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warwick etc). He has won numerous slams (Farrago International Slam Champion 2010, The Canterbury Slam 2013 and was joint winner at the Open Calabash Slam in 2016). His poems have been published in POETRY, Poetry Review, News Statesman, The Deaf Poets Society, as well as in anthologies from Bloodaxe, Peepal Tree Press and Nine Arches. His poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd. Sky Arts and Ideas Tap listed Raymond in the top 20 promising young artists in the UK. The Fadar listed Raymond as a Writer Of Colour to watch out for.
Raymond Antrobus’s poetry has charmed and chimed with readers and audiences around the world. His poems articulate and explore questions of existence and identity, often around his Jamaican-British heritage, masculinity and d/Deafness, which aligns with his careful construction of poems as sound-objects as well as his interest in stories and voices often unheard.
There will also be an opportunity to read one of your own poems in the open mic at the beginning of the meeting (one poem per person, no more than 40 lines)
We can look forward to an exciting evening!