I’ve been writing poetry commissions for a wide range of organisations and individuals since November 2014, and am happy to publicly offer my services. I pride myself on offering a unique and personal touch to all commissions, whilst still conveying the desired message.

Obviously each commission is unique, and I work on terms that suit the client. I prefer to meet face-to-face for a discussion about the poem and it’s desired outcome, but am also happy to chat over Skype if that’s easier. Generally I require a deadline of at least two weeks.

Below are some examples of my previous commissions, with descriptions and quotes where applicable. Please contact me using the contact form if you have a commission which you’d like to discuss. My fee varies depending on the nature of the commission.

Leeds United FC | Centenary kit launch | Jul ’19

This is quite possibly the biggest honour of my career to date: being commissioned by my boyhood club to write the poem for their centenary kit launch, voiced by Ralph Ineson.

Blue Peter | National Poetry Day live episode | Oct ’19

Blue Peter’s National Poetry Day 2019 poem

Unfortunately I don’t have a video clip of this. But I was chuffed to appear on Blue Peter’s live episode for National Poetry Day 2019, and performed this commissioned poem as part of my appearance.

Jeremy Corbyn | General Election campaign poem | Dec ’19

This is another contender for my greatest honour. Jeremy Corbyn’s team invited me to write this poem for the 2019 General Election campaign, and Michael Sheen agreed to read it.

Nationwide Building Society | National TV ad campaign | Apr ’20

For my third Nationwide ad, I was asked to write a poem alongside my better half Maria Ferguson, with a message to ourselves in six months time. As it happened, it was almost six months to the day until our (planned) wedding date…

Nationwide Building Society | National TV ad campaign | Apr ’19

I was invited to write these poems whilst researching the cultural history of Wakefield’s city centre, and I’m thrilled that Nationwide have ended-up using them for another campaign.

Nationwide Building Society | National TV ad campaign | Sep ’16

This poem was a major national TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society, and was one of the original three which launched their Voices Nationwide campaign. My poem received over a million views online.

Cancer Research UK | Pledge Pathway To Progress poem | Jul ’19

My Mum was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2015, and within six-weeks she’d been given the all clear. I realise how incredibly lucky we are, but even then, it was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. So I’m really proud to have been commissioned to write this reversible poem for Cancer Research UK.

European Youth Forum | Yo!Fest poem | May ’18

This was the official poem for the European Youth Forum‘s bi-annual Yo!Fest event, which took place in Strasbourg in June 2018 and attracted around 10,000 young people. I also performed at the event.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum | #Eureka25 | Jun ’17

I was selected as one of Eureka‘s ambassadors as part of their 25th birthday celebrations, and they commissioned me to write this poem in order to celebrate the campaign.

Arts Council Collection | Revolt & Revolutions exhibition | Jan ’18

I was honoured to be commissioned by Arts Council Collection to write a poem in response to the Revolt & Revolutions exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There’s more content and a video here.

Academies Enterprise Trust | #RemarkableLives | Sep ’18

This poem helped to launch a new identity for AET, and the title has since been incorporated into their new logo, as each of their schools – with a total of over 37,000 pupils and 6,000 staff.

North Ormesby Primary Academy | COVID-19 mural | May 2020

North Ormesy Primary Academy’s COVID-19 mural

I’ve taught at NOPA a couple of times and am very fond of Middlesbrough in general, so was honoured when they asked me to write a poem for their COVID-19 mural. The poem sums it up perfectly by saying that it’s so much more than a school!

Welcoming Young Refugees | Refugee Week 2020 | June 2020

Welcoming Young Refugees poem for Refugee Week 2020

This commission was made even more special by the fact that one of the couples mentioned, Sally and Steve, took me to the Calais Jungle for the first time in April 2016. A cause that’s very close to my heart.

Long Division Festival | #OntoTheStreets project | May 2019

Inspired by my Instagram feed, I was commissioned to write ten short poetic odes to former musical haunts in Wakefield. These are being displayed in empty shop windows in the city centre during Long Division Festival.

York Arc Light | Making Every Adult Matter campaign | Nov ’14

This poem is now a regular part of my spoken word sets, and led to me becoming an ambassador for Trinity Homeless Projects, who adopted it as their “anthem” in summer 2015.

Holly & Ben’s wedding | Dec ’17

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“We had seen Matt perform at an event about four weeks before our wedding and we were absolutely wowed by his ability to tell a story through poetry. I just knew I had to have him at my wedding. After a short chat with Matt telling him a little about ourselves he got to work on writing. It was a surprise on the day for us and the guests to hear it for the first time and he had understood and told our story perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for anymore; it was a total highlight of both ours and our guests day, and something we can keep forever.” Holly Leach

Staffordshire Police | Christmas campaign | Nov-Dec ’18

This was a series of poems which highlighted festive crime risks for Staffordshire Police. The poems were a big hit on the Staffs Police social media channels, with one video released every week in December ’18.

York St John University | Recruitment campaign | Oct ’16

Roger Steare | How To Be Good At Work | Feb ’18

I met Roger at some events which we took part in for Nationwide Building Society. I respect his ethos as the Corporate Philosopher and was thrilled to work with him on this piece.

Efficiency North | EN:Able poetry anthology | Sep ’17-Apr ’18

Matt Abbott | Efficiency North

I wrote a poetry collection for Efficiency North, after spending 6 months visiting various community projects around the Yorkshire & Humber region; all of which have been funded by their EN:Able scheme.

Other commissions

I’ve also been commissioned by Philosophy FootballFoundation Futures, The Football Pink magazine and the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign.

poet, educator & activist