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.

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

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.

Matt Abbott Poet | Skint & Demoralised | Image by Kerry Harrison
Alternative indie act Skint & Demoralised (2007-2013, 2019-)

After a 6-year hiatus, my band Skint & Demoralised made a comeback, with all four singles being played 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’ 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.

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

Matt Abbott Poet | Two Little Ducks
‘Two Little Ducks’ book published by VERVE Poetry Press

‘A Hurricane in my Head’ book available to purchase!

‘A Hurricane in my Head’ book published by Bloomsbury

Skint & Demoralised ‘We Are Humans’ album available to stream or download!

Matt Abbott Poet | Skint & Demoralised
‘We Are Humans’ album released by Fierce Panda Records

poet, educator & activist