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 – ranging from a national TV ad campaign with Nationwide Building Society; to a homeless charity; right through to weddings.
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. In terms of the final piece, I’m happy to discuss either performing it at a specific event, or recording either high quality audio or video – although this affects the fee.
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.
Nationwide Building Society | National TV ad campaign | September 2016
This poem was a major national TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society, and was one of the original three adverts which launched their now iconic and highly acclaimed Voices Nationwide campaign. My poem received over 1 million views on social media.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Revolt & Revolutions exhibition | January 2018
York Arc Light | Making Every Adult Matter campaign | November 2014
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. I perform this piece at their Big SleepOut event every December.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum | #Eureka25 campaign | June 2017
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. I also performed it at the launch of their new gallery.
Holly & Ben’s wedding | December 2017
“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
York St John University | Recruitment campaign | October 2016
Roger Steare | How To Be Good At Work | February 2018
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.
Philosophy Football | Scroogeonomics | December 2015
I was commissioned by Philosophy Football to write a ‘contemporary anti-austerity take’ on ‘A Christmas Carol’, which I performed at their ‘Scroogeonomics’ event in London in December 2015.
Efficiency North | EN:Able poetry anthology | Sep 17-Mar 18
I’m currently working on a project for Efficiency North, which is seeing me visit various community projects around the Yorkshire & Humber region; all of which have been funded by the EN:Able scheme.
The result will be a poetry collection championing these projects, which will be published by Efficiency North in spring 2018.