Raymond Antrobus is a poet and writer from London. He is the author of To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press) and The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins). Raymond’s children’s picture book, Can Bears Ski?, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, is forthcoming from Walker Books in February 2021 and his next poetry collection is forthcoming from Picador in 2021.
The Perseverance won the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Jhalak Prize and the Michael Murphy Prize. It was also named the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Winter Choice’, Guardian Poetry Book of the Year, Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year and Poetry School Book of the Year.
In 2018 he was awarded The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, judged by Ocean Vuong, for his poem ‘Sound Machine’.
His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poets.org, The Deaf Poets Society, News Statesman and The Guardian among others.
He is a founding member of ‘Chill Pill’ and ‘Keats House Poets Forum’ and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton Poetry. He is also one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths University.
He is the first recipient of the UEA/Rathbones Folio Creative Writing Fellowship.