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 the struggles of modern life.
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.
After a 6-year hiatus, my band Skint & Demoralised are making a comeback, with singles ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘ and ‘#RefugeesWelcome‘ receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6Music. Our fourth album ‘We Are Humans‘ is out now on Fierce Panda.
My début collection for kids ‘A Hurricane in my Head’ is published by Bloomsbury Education on 11 July and is available to purchase here. The collection is targeted at kids aged 11-13.
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.