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Encyclopedia > Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1963. He is a writer of books, poetry, operas, radio and TV scripts. Since 1993 he has worked as a documentary maker for BBC radio and TV, specialising in religious programmes. Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. ... Lancashire is a county and duchy palatine in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... Founded in 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd (a privately owned company), subsequently Incorporated and nationalised in 1927 as The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ...


He read Philosophy and Theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University. His collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, a song cycle and a new opera for the Welsh National Opera. Regents Park College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... Manchester Metropolitan University is a university in Manchester, England. ... James MacMillan (b. ... A Promenade concert in the Royal Albert Hall, 2004. ... The Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru or Wales Millenium Centre, a new performing arts centre which opended in 2004, is the home of the Welsh National Opera (WNO), a touring operatic company founded in Cardiff in 1943. ...


Works

  • Soft Keys, (Secker and Warburg 1993), ISBN 0436419882
  • Raising Sparks, (Cape 1999), ISBN 0224059025
  • Burning Babylon, (Cape 2001), ISBN 0224061852
  • Limekilns, Redundant Press, (2002) limited edition
  • Corpus, (Cape 2004) (shortlisted for the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize), ISBN 0224073427
  • Patrick's Alphabet, (Cape 2006), ISBN 0224075969
  • The Miracles of Jesus, Lion Hudson (2006), ISBN 0745951945, an official tie-in to the TV series presented by Rageh Omaar

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Awards and prizes

He has won:

He has been shortlisted for: The Eric Gregory Award is given by the Society of Authors to British poets under 30 on submisson. ... The Whitbread Book Awards are among the United Kingdoms most prestigious literary awards. ...

The Poetry Book Society awards the annual T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. ... The Forward Poetry prizes were created in 1991. ... The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canadas youngest and most lucrative poetry award. ...

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Michael Symmons Roberts (1336 words)
Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1963.
Michael Symmons Roberts is properly considered as a religious poet for a scientific age, and his poems have attracted admirers such as Les Murray, Pauline Stainer, and the composer James MacMillan with whom he has collaborated.
Symmons RobertsÂ’ poems in general are, however, more lyrical than narrative, far from pious or dryly intellectual.
Michael Symmons Roberts - Poetry Archive (339 words)
Roberts is a lyric poet with philosophical and metaphysical concerns.
That poem also shows Roberts' skill at rooting the miraculous in the everyday; while the miracle of Jairus' daughter being revived by Jesus is presented matter-of-factly, human hunger is lingered over in the advice to "forget the herbs, she has an aching / fast to break".
Apart from his work as a poet, Roberts is a novelist, and a librettist working extensively with composer James Macmillan on operas, song cycles and choral works.
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