Roger Robinson: ‘Ordinary Poems Won’t Change the World’

Mon 17 Aug 20:30 - 21:30

The New York Times Main Theatre Online

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Roger Robinson: ‘Ordinary Poems Won’t Change the World’

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Earmarked as ‘the voice of our communal consciousness’ by Edinburgh International Book Festival’s 2018 Guest Selector Afua Hirsch, it’s hard to believe that Roger Robinson hasn’t been a staple of British public life since time immemorial.

A fixture of the UK spoken word scene for many years, Robinson rocketed to national prominence last year when his third poetry collection, A Portable Paradise, bagged the prestigious T S Eliot Prize.

Firmly rooted in the dub poetry tradition of his Trinidadian heritage, Robinson’s plain-speaking, fizzy, often joyous verse journeys through our contemporary preoccupations with a seasoned insight few could replicate. From the ongoing injustices of Grenfell to the pains and pleasures of family life, he unpacks the cosmos of ideas that make up A Portable Paradise with fellow poet Kei Miller, and shares a special animated film exclusively for the occasion.

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