Eyup! I’m Matt Abbott, and I’m a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. My adult 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 immediately accessible and relatable themes.
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 in the autumn, accompanied by my début collection on Verve Poetry Press and also a studio album on N&T.
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 on tour.