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Roger Robinson (poet)

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Name  Roger Robinson
Music group  King Midas Sound
Role  Writer
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Albums  Illclectica, Dis Side Ah Town, Bolder, Waiting For You, Dub Heavy: Hearts & Ghosts EP, Armed and Beautiful
Similar People  Kiki Hitomi, Kevin Martin, Paul St Hilaire, Piers Faccini, August Wilson

Roger Robinson is an award-winning writer and performer who lives between England and Trinidad. He describes himself as "a British resident with a Trini sensibility". He was chosen by arts organisation Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced black-British writing over the past 50 years. He was a spoken-word performer in London in the early 1990s, before branching out to start performing poetry with bands he would meet, including Techno Animal, Flytronix, The Bugz, Attica Blues and Speeka. Robinson is the lead vocalist for musical crossover project King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records.



Robinson was born in Hackney, London, and at the age of four went with his parents to live in Trinidad, returning to England when he was 19 in the 1980s.

Robinson has toured extensively with the British Council, traveling to Vietnam, the Philippines, Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece, India, the Czech Republic and Mozambique, among other places. As well as performing, he has led workshops and lectured on poetry and performance. His one-man shows The Shadow Boxer, Letter from My Father's Brother and Prohibition all premiered at the British Festival of Visual Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre. Until 2000, Robinson was programme co-ordinator of the performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes. In 1999 he was one of 30 poets chosen for the New Generation Poets collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Commissions he has received include from Theatre Royal Stratford East, the National Trust, London Open House, the National Portrait Gallery, LIFT and the Tate. His workshops have been a part of a shortlist for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award-winning Barbican Centre's Can I Have A Word.

In 2010 his poetry collection Suckle won the People's Book Prize. His album of spoken folk, illclectica, was released on Altered Vibes records in 2004; it was named by Mojo Magazine as "number eight in the top ten electronic albums for that year.


Dis Side Ah Town
It Soon Come
Move Way Babylon
Smash And Scatteration
Wheel And Come Again
Brixton Summer
Prayers for Angry Young Men
Ashes To Fire
Dream Keepa
Light Shower
Wan - Chu
Hole in the Sky
Nicola's Song
Walk With Me
A Letter To Brixton
Tougue Kung Fu
Prayer for Angry Young Men
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