Introduction

Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts profile photo for Kendal Poetry Festival 2021
Photo credit: Martin Bence

Festival Poet

Michael Symmons Roberts’ poetry has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association.

His broadcast work includes the BBC4 verse film Men Who Sleep in Cars – described by the Observer as “a work of genius”, A Fearful Symmetry – for Radio 4 – which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and Last Words commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11. He has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. His 8th poetry collection – Ransom – will be published by Cape in March 2021.


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