Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael was born in 1963 in Preston, Lancashire, UK.

His 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 continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission – ‘The Sacrifice’ – won the RPS Award for opera, and their Royal Opera House / Scottish Opera commission – ‘Clemency’ – was nominated for an Olivier Award.

His broadcast work includes ‘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.

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Latest book: Mancunia

Michael’s most recent book of poems – Mancunia – was published by Cape in August. More information

“In a collection that constantly defies expectation, the British poet offers a strikingly imaginative portrait of the Manchester in which he lives”.

The Observer

Get information about all of Michael’s books from Penguin.co.uk.


Men Who Sleep in Cars

Michael’s verse film – Men Who Sleep in Cars – starring Maxine Peake, is being broadcast on BBC4 TV on Sunday October 1st, then available on the BBC iPlayer afterwards. More information


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