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.

In 2015 I formed the spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs. I’m an ambassador for Trinity Homeless ProjectsEureka! The National Children’s Museum and CRIBS International.

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 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, 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.

Matt Abbott Poet | Skint & Demoralised | Photo by Kerry Harrison
Skint & Demoralised single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ OUT NOW

After a 6-year hiatus, my band Skint & Demoralised are making a comeback, with new single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘ out now on Fierce Panda. Our comeback gig is at The Social in London on 11 April.

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.

‘Two Little Ducks’ book and digital studio album available to purchase now!

Matt Abbott | Two Little Ducks

poet, educator & activist.