A Kick in the Arts.
Well, it makes people laugh and that’s always a good start.
It also captures the tone of Mark’s ambitions. To entertain; be inventive and encouraging greater participation in live performing arts, particularly poetry.
Mark is an award-winning Performance Poet who turned professional in 2012. His philosophy that Poetry can be entertainment as well as art has seen him perform everywhere from mainstream theatres to pubs, festivals, libraries, comedy clubs, schools, football stadiums and cruise ships.
His work includes: writing to commission, gigs, festivals, workshops, promoting and acting.
Mark was appointed as the first official Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes in 2011 and was the Poet in Residence for the MK Dons for the 2012/2013 season. Mark was a finalist in the prestigious New Acts of the year 2013 competition.
Though based in Milton Keynes, Mark performs all over the UK. You can click on the links to the left to find out more about him.
What others have said
April was a busy month with a short tour helping to promote the Wenlock Poetry anthology ahead of the full Poetry Festival at the end of the month. An excellent line up of poets and activities saw John Hegley, Simon Armitage, Jo Bell, Luke Wright and many others take the stage over the three days. I led four open mic Poetry and Pints session which saw a packed snug bar and thirty poets take the floor.
I also ran workshops in Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell leading to a Poetry Slam which saw students step up and take the stage in a competitive final which led to a dead heat for first place.
April was National Poetry Writing Month when poets are challenged to write and blog a new poetry every day of the month. The poem of the month was one of them and you can see all the poems on my blog.
May sees more workshops in a Bedford School leading to another Poetry Slam and the start of the Spring programme for Heart & Music. There are some exciting opportunities and collaborations on the horizon which I hope to be able to tell you about soon.
Keep writin’ and recitin’
Last updated 24th May 2014
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