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



'Poet for Hire'...

Mark can write to a particular brief whether for commercial purposes or for special occasions.


As poet in residence for BBC local radio he often crafts poems inspired by topical events. So whether you’re looking for a humourous take on the news or a reflective poem to add an artistic angle to your piece, please contact him. See the links below for examples that appeared in the media. Prices start from £150.   

Press item: Mark on his role as poet on BBC 3 Counties radio.
Press item: Mark in MK News in article on his poem to the victims of the Norwegian gun attack in 2011.

Celebration Poems

Finding the words to express your feelings

Do you need a poem especially written for a special occasion such as Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries or even for a proposal?

Mark offers a tailored writing service which includes a full consulation, draft submission and a round of edits.

Prices starts at £150 depending on the length of the piece and timescales involved.

For a truly memorable occasion, Mark can be booked to perform a private set at your event which will include a performance of your special poem.

Artist in Residence

Mark has experience of acting as an Artist in Residence for conferences.

As a performance poet, he brings a dynamic, entertaining and artistic perspective to the day’s events. Mark also writes inspired by the events he has observed and performs the poem as part of the day’s summary.

Comments about Mark’s contributions:

“Mark responded with enthusiasm to my brief and his contributions proved memorable, meaningful and enjoyable.  One particular aspect of Marks role during the public reference group was to write a poem based on what he’d heard through the various discussions. Mark then performed this poem at the end of the session. This was an excellent way to round up the day, bring people and their ideas together, and to document thinking”. Cultural Manager, Milton Keynes Council

 “Your performances were engaging and the professionalism you showed in keeping the day running smoothly was greatly appreciated. I know that the Nuneaton poem you composed as part of the day was also highly valued, and I am sure will be used and displayed in the future to promote the Town. People are asking when the next event will be, which I think shows just how successful Saturday was! Your contribution was an invaluable part of that success. I look forward to working with you again in the future!" County Arts Service, Warwickshire County Council




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Read my thoughts
and poetic musings
on my blog here

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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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