Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father, he is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements, To Sweeten Bitter, The Perseverance. In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre. Other accolades include PBS Winter Choice, The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and The Guardian Poetry Book Of The Year 2018. In 2019, his poem ‘Jamaican British’ was added to the GCSE syllabus. Raymond is a founding member of ‘Chill Pill’ and ‘Keats House Poets Forum’ and is an Ambassador for ‘The Poetry School’. His debut children’s picture book Can Bears Ski? is illustrated by Polly Dunbar and is set to be published in the UK by Walker Books and in the US/Canada by Candle Wick Press.