Eyup! I’m Matt Abbott, and I’m a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. My ‘grown-up’ themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism.
My poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.
I first began performing spoken word in December 2006, shortly before my 18th birthday, before fronting indie-pop act Skint & Demoralised from 2007-2013, releasing three albums during that period.
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, Shaparak Khorsandi and Francesca Martinez; to Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn.
I’ve also been commissioned by a range of organisations including Leeds United FC, Nationwide Building Society, Cancer Research UK, the European Youth Forum and Jeremy Corbyn.
My début one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks’ embarked on a 22-date UK tour in autumn 2018, accompanied by my début collection on Verve Poetry Press and also a studio album on N&T. I did a full Edinburgh Fringe run in 2017 with an embryonic version of the show.
It received a hat-trick of 5* reviews, a hat-trick of 4* reviews and many other great quotes and plaudits, both at Edinburgh and on tour.
My début collection for kids ‘A Hurricane in my Head’ was published by Bloomsbury in July and is available to purchase here. The collection is targeted at kids aged 11-13.
In July 2021, Verve Poetry Press announced that my next full-length poetry collection will be due for publication in 2022. More info to follow as and when…
I’m available for performances, educational work and commissions around the world. You can find information about each of these things on my website, and you can also contact me for further information.