Eyup! I’m Matt Abbott, and I’m a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. My themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary and kitchen sink realism.
I first began performing spoken word shortly before my 18th birthday in 2006, before fronting indie-pop act Skint & Demoralised from 2007-2013; releasing three albums in total.
Since returning to poetry, I’ve toured the UK’s theatres, done two runs at Edinburgh Fringe and shared a stage with names ranging from Paul Weller, Sleaford Mods and The Fall; to Sara Pascoe, Shappi Khorsandi and Francesca Martinez; to Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn.
My début one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks’ embarked on a 22-date UK tour this autumn, accompanied by my début collection on Verve Poetry Press and also a studio album on Nymphs & Thugs.
The show received a hat-trick of 5* reviews, a hat-trick of 4* and many other great quotes and plaudits, both at Edinburgh and during the UK tour. It was co-produced by Norwich Arts Centre.