12 October 2022

Roger Robinson to host workshops with students

Students in the School of English will have the opportunity to work with renowned writer, musician and performer Roger Robertson next week.

A photo of Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is the recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize for A Portable Paradise, which was also a New Statesman Book of the Year. He has been commissioned by The National Trust, the V&A, and the National Portrait Gallery, amongst others, and is a co-founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and Spoke Lab. Recent collaborations include poetic responses to the paintings of Hurvin Anderson, for a forthcoming artist’s monograph, and with Johny Pitts, Home Is Not A Place, fusing poetry and photography in the portrayal of and for Black Britain.

Robinson will be working with students from across the School on varying different projects. First-year students on the optional module LIT117 Contemporary Literature, in which Robinson's award-winning poetry collection A Portable Paradise is taught, will have the opportunity to attend a guest lecture in Lecture Theatre 9 in the Arts Tower on Wednesday 19th October, 11am. There will also be a chance for second- and third-year Creative Writing students to take part in a workshop hosted by Robinson later on in the afternoon.

LIT117 Contemporary Literature introduces students to a diverse range of texts in English with a focus on texts published since 2000. Texts are chosen specifically to provoke thinking and debate on urgent and controversial topics, including, but not limited to: globalisation and neoliberalism; political activism and social justice; migration and displacement.