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A Kick in the Arts.

The online home of Mark Niel: Poet, Writer, Actor, Promoter




Here are some links to sites of interest!


Matthew has too many incarnations to fully describe him, but for starters: Urban Worrier; Cultural Chronicler of Milton Keynes and the MonkeyFather of so much in MK.

MK based magazine for local and not so local writers. Ten years on and still going strong.

Kapows are established live events encompassing art and music as well as poetry slams. Run by two diamond friends I affectionately refer to as “The Kapow Girls”. (They don’t seem to mind). I made my poetic debut at a Kapow!

Leading Performance Poetry organisation.

Poetry friend in Milton Keynes. Check him out.

Poetry friend in Milton Keynes. Check her out.

Based in London but with stuff going on near you. Unsurprisingly, they support all things poetic.

Excellent Poetry resource for gigs, news etc.
Excellent (if I say so myself) Open Mic and Headline Guest event and so much more in Milton Keynes. Upload your profile and chat on the forum as you get your poetry fix.

A Poetry Society that meets in Luton each week
(confusingly). They have frequent guests and readings.

Stand up Poetry!
Stony Stratford's regular spoken word and music night.
Another poetry friend with an Art website.

Performing Arts Centre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. This is the home of so much creativity, run by volunteers (Strike that – HEROES!)

Milton Keynes based Theatre Company who produce amazing shows.

Comedy improvisation show

Award-winning Company based in Loughborough. Mark has worked with them on an adhoc basis since 2000.

Mark has worn a fake moustache, spoken in a silly accent and dropped his trousers - But enough of his private life! MKTOC are purveyors of light entertainment of the highest order and deserve your love and support.

Mark made his debut as a singing elephant in “Seussical” and enjoyed it so much he served on the Committee for two years. (He has now almost fully recovered). Expect knockout shows with high production values.

Mark supports raises funds for St Paul’s School in West Uganda. Orphans who have lost one or more parents to AIDS receive scholarships, regular meals and support.

A source of funding for the Arts in MK. Mark has received training grants is grateful for their financial assistance

Milton Keynes writer’s group which has been going strong for over twenty-five years

Wonderful writer friends of mine who produce top-notch plays, pantos, sketches and silliness. (Disclaimer: I am not on commission...yet!)

An ace Festival over a June weekend by the Grand Union Canal at Great Linford Manor. Mark usually helps out with MC duties as well as poetry and acoustic music sets.

Read my Blog!

Read my thoughts
and poetic musings
on my blog here

Read my Blog!

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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