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Afternoon Tea with Raymond Antrobus

29 September @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus. Raymond will be in conversation with poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley to discuss his work and career and will offer a glimpse into his creative routine.

In conjunction with our Poetry and Spoken Word Group

This will take place online via Zoom with live captioning and BSL interpretation.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Victoria Adukwei Bulley (2 mins)
  • Introduction to Raymond Antrobus and a glimpse into his creative routine (15-25 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10-15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email JClarke@societyofauthors.org with ‘Raymond Antrobus – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-Up


Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus MBE FRSL was born in London, Hackney, to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements (Burning Eye, 2012), To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins / Tin House, 2018) and All The Names Given (Picador / Tin House, 2021). In 2019 he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. Other accolades include the Ted Hughes Award, PBS Winter Choice, A Sunday Times Young Writer of the year Award, a Somerset Maugham Award and The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018, as well as a shortlist for The Griffin Prize, T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (Judged by Ocean Vuong) for his poem Sound Machine. In 2019 and 2021 his poems (Jamaican British, The Perseverance and Happy Birthday Moon) were added to the UK’s GCSE syllabus.
Twitter: @RaymondAntrobus | Instagram: @raymond_antrobus  | Website: www.raymondantrobus.com/


Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist based in London. She is the winner of an Eric Gregory Award and has held residencies internationally in the US, Brazil and the V&A Museum. Her debut poetry collection, Quiet, was released by Faber in the UK this year and is set for North American release in January 2023 with Knopf.

Twitter: @victoriaadukwei Website: victoriaadukweibulley  



About the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

The SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) is a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. They come together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance.


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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event will have live BSL Interpretation and will be 45 minutes long.

After the event

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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

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29 September
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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