Place of birth
Trinidad and Tobago
Place of residence
United Kingdom
National identity
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom

Roger Robinson

Short biography
Roger Robinson is a writer and performer who lives between London and Trinidad. His first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel, was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize. 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.

Roger Robinson is on tour! Check out remaining dates here

Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon over the past 50 years, he has also published a book of short fiction, Adventures in 3D (2001); poetry pamphlets Suitcase (2004) and Suckle, the latter winning the Peoples Book Prize in 2009; and his first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2012. Roger is the lead vocalist for King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album, Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records. 

His one-man shows include: The Shadow Boxer; Letter from My Father’s Brother; and Prohibition (all premiered at the British Festival of Visual Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre). 



Listen to Roger talk about his latest collection, A Portable Paradise, on the Guardian Books podcast, here:…