Raymond Antrobus is a Spoken Word poet, photographer and educator, born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of popular London poetry events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre and The Albany) and Keats House Poets.
Raymond is one of six poets in the world with an MA in Spoken Word Education, which is part of the Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmith's University. He is Hackney’s first Spoken Word educator and has recently become a facilitator for the programme, teaching at Cardinal Pole Secondary School.
Raymond’s work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue and recently at TedxEastEnd, Time Out London, and The Guardian.
He has been performing spoken word poetry since 2007. He is the International Farrago slam champion 2008, Anti-Slam Champ 2010 and won Best Performance by a London poet at the Farrago annual poetry awards 2010.
Raymond’s performances play on ranges of emotions, tones and rhythms. His writing is often described as provocative, delicate and thoughtful. He has performed along side authors and poets such as Margret Atwood, Michael Horovitz, Lemm Sissay, Benjamin Zephaniah, Scroobius Pip and many more.
'His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted' - Kwame Dawes
He's performed at Literature Festivals at London’s Southbank Centre, Universities and music festivals such as Glastonbury & Latitude. Raymond has also toured internationally across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, US and South Africa.
His second collection - Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus - is published by Burning Eye Books. He writes a blog dedicated to Poetry-Films, Social Commentary, Interviews and Spoken Word: www.raymondantrobus.com