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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 artsDescription: Mark Niel, 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.
A regular on BBC local radio, Mark has been commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and also read live in the Drive Time Slot.

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

“Rising Poetry Star” BBC Radio 2
"A Bravura Performance”” Buxton Fringe Festival
“Absolutely brilliant” Claudia Winkleman
“Mighty Fine” Elvis McGonagall
“Thanks for being so bloody good” Bristol Poetry Festival
“Stuff like that is the reason I still go to poetry nights” Niall Spooner-Harvey

Breaking News

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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True Fiction

From today, you’ll notice Crime has gone missing
Vanished without a trace since yesterday.
Crime is now located in
the West Wing
As always, find Politics,
and you’re not far away

Adventure is just around
the corner
Though it can’t be seen
from current affairs
Philosophy you will have
to think about
It is close to Sex which
you’ll find upstairs

Yes, we’ve taken liberties with classification
You’ll pick it up, though at
first it seems like a mess
And since we moved
Religion next to Hygiene 
Cleanliness really is
next to godliness

If you’re looking for a murder, ask Jane on reception
Enquire nicely to avoid workplace friction
And due to overwhelming public demand
Political manifestos have now been moved to fiction

Crimes against humanity remain by management
And it seemed sensible to put Mediation by their side
Finally, if you can’t find Romance, see Jim
in the stockroom
Who tells me he’ll be only
too happy to oblige.


This poem was inspired by a notice in the staff room of Milton Keynes Central Library after a reorganisation
- true Story


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