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Alain English

Updated: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:05 pm

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I am an actor and a poet and I was born in Alexandria on the coast of Loch Lomond. I was raised in Aberdeen, where I was taught theatre and poetry by drama teacher Annie Inglis. I gained a Publishing Degree from Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen and moved to London in late 2005 to train as an actor. After a couple of years as a jobbing actor, I decided to take up poetry, building on the speech and drama skills I learned in Aberdeen. I found an advert for an open-mic in Whitechapel and then began open-micing across London. I have since featured at many nights and poetry slams across London, and I now host my own night Paper Tiger Poetry 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. My writing covers many themes and topics including alienation, mental illness and even the odd poem about snooker. My favourite poets include Oscar Wilde, Alfred Noyes and the master William Shakespeare. My work has appeared in Asperger United magazine ( as well as bulletins produced by Autism London ( My political poems have been placed on the website of A World to Win, an organisation campaigning on all fronts for radical social change: Videos and samples of my work can found on my blog here on Writeoutloud. I also keep a fan-page on Facebook. That's it from me. Hopefully see you around on the circuit. Alain


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Rachel Bond

Sun 12th Dec 2010 22:32

i am working on scriptwriting workshops for young adults at the moment. i have read your actors cv and wondered if you would be interested in collaborating on the project? where are you based?
would be great to chat about this x

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Dave Carr

Thu 4th Nov 2010 17:28

Thanks for comment on Mannequin.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Thu 4th Nov 2010 16:27

Good evening Alain-your reading and evaluation of 'Times four'and the space poem, means a lot-I am sincerly grateful-Stefan.

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winston plowes

Thu 4th Nov 2010 15:52

Hi alain, thanks for commenting on ghazal - more explanation on the blog itself. Win x

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Lynn Dye

Sun 29th Aug 2010 11:18

Hi Alain, thank you for your kind comments on "Candyfloss", much appreciated. x

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Dave D Poet Rhumour

Sat 28th Aug 2010 20:45

Hi Alain - thanks for dropping by and commenting on 'Future Archaeology'. Best wishes, Dave

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Sat 21st Aug 2010 14:10

Thanks for your comment Alain - am delighted that you liked my poem. I keep waiting for you to bring some of your gigs up North - be doing! x

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Pete the Temp

Mon 1st Mar 2010 20:14

Hi Alain, Great to see you the other week - good work brother. Maybe I see you again there on the 17th. If not Ill see you soon in any case. Cheers

<Deleted User> (5646)

Sun 14th Dec 2008 17:48

Hi Alain,
thanks for your reply. Since i sent you a message, a different friend of mine has a brother who's just been diagnosed Aspergers.
Thanks to your information i've been able to point her in the right direction for a better understanding of his condition.
It just shows to me how nothing is ever wasted in this life. I've never been so thankful for being a member of write out loud as i am right now.
Love and light, Janet.x

<Deleted User> (5646)

Sat 13th Dec 2008 14:07

Hi Alain,
There's a friend of mine doing some research into Aspergers. I've directed her to your profile on this site. She'll most likely email you for help.

I've found your blogs extremely interesting to read and very informative.
You're a brave man. I admire that.
Love and light to you, Janet.x

<Deleted User>

Wed 12th Nov 2008 14:43

Hey Alain,

Thanks for the note. Good to find you around here... And hopefully we'll coincide in person again soon...


<Deleted User> (5646)

Mon 16th Jun 2008 19:39

Oh, very well written indeed. I was there once.
Found the strength to break free too. It's the inner scars which take longer to heal.
Still, i'm not bitter. No point is there.
Thanks, Janet.

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