Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a Hackney-born British Jamaican poet, educator, editor and curator of the Chill Pill event series. His pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017), is published by Out-Spoken Press and debut collection The Perseverance was the winner of the Ted Hughes Award in 2018. He is a Complete Works III fellow and one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmiths, University of London).

His debut collection, The Perseverance followed in 2018 (Penned in the Margins). The Perseverance was named a PBS Winter Choice and Poetry Book of the Year 2018 by both The Guardian and The Sunday Times. His poem, Sound Machine, first published in The Poetry Review, 107:1, Spring 2017, was the winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2017, judged by Ocean Vuong.

In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre.