Roger Robinson is a Trinidadian writer and musician based in the UK. Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon.
He has received commissions from Theatre Royal Stratford East - where he has also been an Associate Artist, The National Trust, London Open House, The National Portrait Gallery and the VandA.
His books include fiction Adventures in 3D and poetry collections Suitcase, Suckle -winner of the Peoples Book Prize and also The Butterfly Hotel from which the poem Trinidad Gothic was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize 2013.
In 2006 he released a solo album Illclectica. He is the lead vocalist for King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records. His new solo ep Novella is out now.
For these reasons Roger has been asked to devise and coordinated workshops for organisations such as Schools Music Association, Creative Partnerships West, The Barbican Centre, The South Bank Centre, National Trust, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Apples & Snakes. He utilises areas of high interest to the students he teaches. Integrating hip hop lyrics and cutting edge contemporary poetry. His students write about topics of interest to them.
His workshops are designed to raise both pupil self esteem and motivation. Roger’s belief that language is a powerful resource available to us all is particularly resonant and empowering to immigrant and excluded children.
With over ten years experience of teaching in schools, theatres, universities and community centres, Roger Robinson is a highly experienced workshop facilitator. He has devised and coordinated children’s poetry workshops for organisations such as Schools Music Association, Creative Partnerships West, The Barbican Centre, The South Bank Centre, National Trust, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Apples & Snakes.
"The key words were "I can do it" and they believed in themselves and raised their level of achievement wonderfully. Our staff has been stunned." - David Stanier, Headteacher, Foleshill School.