My name’s Mark. I’m a poet and Educational Consultant based in Peterborough. I became Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008, Chief Bard of the Fens in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion in 2010. I’ve recently been on two national tours, whilst also completing an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmith’s University in London.
My double act, Dead Poets, appeared on BBC 6 Music with Steve Merchant, was shortlisted for the Wooda Arts Award, received six different 4 star reviews at Edinburgh and went on to tour nationally with Phrased and Confused.
My newest show, ‘The Geek shall inherit the Earth’, explores our desire to obsess over things, with me taking part in a range of (what I consider to be) nerdy practices. It involves me crashing a cookery show being filmed in Abergavenny, travelling to America to compete in the world’s largest Risk tournament and also becoming an unlikely (and over dressed) battle rapper.
When I’m not touring, delivering teacher training or running creative writing workshops, I co-produce two spoken word events in Peterborough: Pint of Poetry at Charter’s bar and Speakeasy at The Brewery Tap.