The Perseverance

* Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 * 

*Winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2018* 

*Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize * 

‘We are centuries away from people / believing our stories without / perversion, without pity.’

One of the most crucial new voices to emerge from Britain, Raymond Antrobus explores the d/Deaf experience, the death of his father and the failure to communicate. Ranging across history, time zones and continents, The Perseverance operates in the in betweens of dual heritages, of form and expression emerging to show us what it means to exist, and to flourish.

An extraordinary debut from a young British-Jamaican poet, The Perseverance is a book of loss, language and praise. 

About the author

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. He is one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2017 he was awarded 1 of 3 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. Raymond's poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian.

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Why We Like It

  1. 'Raymond Antrobus's compelling debut, The Perseverance, confronts deeply rooted prejudice against deaf people.’ - The Guardian - Poetry Book of the Year
  2. ‘[A] memorable collection ... Antrobus interlaces wit and pathos as he examines his identity as a deaf British-Jamaican man in a world between sign language and speech.' - The Sunday Times - Poetry Book of the Year

  3. 'Raymond Antrobus is as searching a poet as you're likely to find writing today.' - Kaveh Akbar


Raymond Antrobus has published two pamphlets, Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus (Burning Eye, 2012) and To Sweeten Bitter (Outspoken Press, 2017). The Perseverence is his first full collection. He lives in Hackney.

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