Tate Modern Performance

Apples & Snakes Presents: Roger Robinson

Photography by Naomi Woddis​ 

Join writer, musician and dub poet Roger Robinson as he reads from his latest poetry collection, A Portable Paradise

In A Portable Paradise Roger Robinson explores diverse themes from family life to violence in London, from memories of Trinidad to reflections on creativity. The poems explore the idea that earthly joy is often kept just beyond our reach, denied by racism, misogyny, physical cruelty, and by those with the class power to deny others their share of worldly goods and pleasures.

A Portable Paradise is published by Peepal Tree Press.

Roger will read from his work, followed by a Q & A and book signing.

This event is presented by Apples and Snakes and Tate Enterprises.


Roger Robinson was born in Hackney, lived in Trinidad but spent most of his adult life in London where he became an unrelenting observer of life in Brixton. A leader of the new dub movement mixing poetry, rhythm and socially conscious themes, Roger is a founding member of King Midas Sound. He was chosen by Decibel as one of the 50 writers who have influenced the Black British writing canon. He was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize for his previous poetry collection Butterfly Hotel (2012). He is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective, Malika’s Kitchen.

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28 June 2019 at 19.00–20.00