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A Kick in the Arts.

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




Mark has always written poetry and in May, 2008 he went public for the first time. Audiences have warmed to his assured performances and deft ability to blend humour, pathos and provocative material, sometimes in the same poem.

Mark Niel is a Stand Up Poet from Milton Keynes. Mark’s breakthrough was winning the prestigious Camden Crawl Poetry Slam which led to his first headline gig. His accessible Performance Poetry combined with smart lines has dazzled audiences at major Festivals such as Latitude Green Man and Wychwood.

Mark is a finalist at the prestigious 2013 New Act of the Year Competition. In May 2012, Mark was invited to be the BBC Radio 2 Poet in residence for their big event “2Day”, writing a poem on the day and broadcasting live in the Drive time slot.

Whether despairing at his frequently misspelt name or raging about the frustrations of Fridges in shared houses he is always by turns engaging, comic, and moving. As well as performances for all ages, Mark undertakes schools work and runs workshops for organisations who want to improve their written and spoken communication.  

So, if you thought Milton Keynes had nothing to offer except Concrete Cows and somewhere for Londoners to park and ride, then watch out because Mark is leading a mission to make you change your mind.

Mark has appeared with Jenny Éclair, John Hegley, Simon Munnery, David J, Vocal Pugilist, A F Harrold, The Antipoet, Zena Edwards, Richard Tyrone Jones and Rachel Pantechnicon.

"For a guy who wears a tie on stage, you rock" Farrago Poetry

Go to Samples and Extracts

Go to Mark's top 20 hints about Poetry Slams!

A winner of the Marie Curie One Page Play Competition 2008
Downstairs at the King's Head, Crouch End.
Buckingham Big Bash.

We support and have links with similar Open Mic nights (and we’re looking for more so please get in touch).

Pure and Good and Right


Ripping Pages    Northampton

Farrago Slams


Poetry Bites     

Kings Heath

Blue Night Fruit  




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and poetic musings
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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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