Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father, and is the author of To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press) and The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins) which won the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Jhalak Prize and the Michael Murphy Prize. It was also named the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Winter Choice', Guardian Poetry Book of the Year, Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year and Poetry School Book of the Year in 2018.
His poetry has previously been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poets.org, The Deaf Poets Society, News Statesman, The Guardian among others.
He is a founding member of 'Chill Pill' and 'Keats House Poets Forum' and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton Poetry. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths University. In 2018 he was awarded 'The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize' (judged by Ocean Vuong).
He is also the author of the forthcoming children’s picture book, Can Bears Ski?, which will be illustrated by Polly Dunbar and published by Walker Books in February 2021.