literature & poetry

Raymond Antrobus Book Club

Get closer to poet Raymond Antrobus’ extraordinary debut, The Perseverance, at our autumn National Poetry Library Book Club.

Published last year by Penned in the Margins, The Perseverance has been shortlisted for both the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and became the first poetry book to win the Rathbones Folio Prize.

The chair of the Rathbones Folio Prize, Kate Clanchy, called the collection an ‘immensely moving book of poetry which uses his D/deaf experience, bereavement and Jamaican-British heritage to consider the ways we all communicate with each other.’

At our book club, look closely at five poems from the collection, praised by critics for its frankness, bravery and kindness: ‘the book we most wanted to give to others, the book we all needed to read’ (Clanchy).

Dates & times

14 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

need to know

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.