Poetry Playback: ‘The Perseverance’ by Raymond Antrobus

Poetry Playback: ‘The Perseverance’ by Raymond Antrobus

A feature-length reading of ‘The Perseverance' by Raymond Antrobus


‘What language

would we speak

without ears?’

– from ‘Echo’


Poetry Playback is a new reading series in which a poet is invited to read from a recent collection or pamphlet in its entirety, from start to finish, as a single, sustained performance.

One of the most brilliant performers of his generation, Raymond Antrobus will read from his acclaimed and long-awaited debut collection, The Perseverance, a scorching and complex voicing of sound, deafness and identity, and a PBS Winter Choice 2018. This event will be BSL-interpreted.

Venue: Parasol Unit, London

6.45-8pm. £8/£6 concessions. Suitable for 16+.

Please book via the Parasol Unit website.

About Raymond Antrobus View Profile

Raymond Antrobus is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements, To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘Sound Machine’. He is one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University, and his poems have been published in POETRYPoetry ReviewNews StatesmanThe Deaf Poets Society, as well as in anthologies from Bloodaxe, Peepal Tree Press and Nine Arches. Ray has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, BOCAS) to universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warick). He has won numerous slams (Farrago International Slam Champion 2010, The Canterbury Slam 2013 and was joint winner at the Open Calabash Slam in 2016). His poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd.

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