Upcoming Gig Dates: Sunday 3rd September SuperHeroes of Slam, Sela Bar, Leeds 20:00-23:00 Wednesday 6th September Spire Writes Presents: Jamie Thrasivoulou White Swan, Chesterfield, 20:00 - 23:00 Tuesday 19th September Word Makers featuring Ash Dickinson, Leanne Moden, Natalie Lara Collins Chaplins & The Cellar Bar, Bournmouth, 19:00 -01:00 Wednesday 27th September Two Poets One Night All Welcome: Laura Taylor and Janine Booth 81 Renshaw, Liverpool, 19:30 - 22:30 Wednesday 11th October The WORD Theatre: Hollie McNish and Gav Roberts New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, 20:00 - 23:00 Saturday 28th October A Pint of Prose - Liquid Lyrics as part of Gloucester Poetry Festival @ Gloucester Brewery, 18:30 - 23:30 Sunday 29th October 101 Poem Challenge as part of Gloucster Poetry Festival @ The Fountain Inn, Gloucester, 11:00 - 23:00 Matthew is an honest, straight talking, rhyming bearded northerner. Originally from Leeds he has recently returned to England after three years living in the Outer Hebrides. A move that finds him based near Birmingham with the aim of throwing himself back into the world of poetry. His writing can be controversial, harrowing, inspiring and brutal yet beautiful in its honesty. He writes with an intensity and his natural empathy shines light and hope on the darkest of subject matter. “He delivers a mixture of dark humour, philosophical musings, and concrete imagery with real venom ” (Sabateur award winner Steve Nash) Matthew first performed at Spoken Weird in Halifax (2014) after a friend convinced him to attend and sign up for the open mic. "At the time I was hardly leaving the flat, so to suddenly find myself at the mic and receiving positive feedback from the likes of Dominic Berry, John Darwin and Winston Plowes was very humbling." Matthew went on to appear regularly at events in West Yorkshire, Manchester and Sheffield during 2014 until circumstances in his personal life brought an enforced break from the poetry scene. Matthew has since shared a stage with Dominic Berry, Jackie Hagan, Salena Godden, Matt Abbott, Genevieve Walsh, Victoria Garbutt, Jess Green, Kieren King, Joy France, Ralph Dartford, John Darwin, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Louise Fazakerly, Winston Plowes, Iona Lee, Kevin Gilday, Liam McCormick, Robin Cairns, Darren 'Loki' McGarvey, Jimmy Andrex, Carol Robson, Ian Whiteley, among many others. 2016 - winner of The Stornoway Slam – the first poetry slam to take place in the Outer Hebrides. 2016 - Participant in the Scottish National Slam Championships in Glasgow. Contact on either 07999 768230 or firstname.lastname@example.org Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpALDRKPxtqLpIuvLS9GuUg Check out my Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/matthewnicholsonpoet
Super Mum: Another Working Class Hero https://soundcloud.com/matthewnicholsonpoet/sets/tales-of-the-broken-hearted Domestically Unbalanced Two black eyes and a broken nose when you came round mine today. You said after you left the pub last night you were attacked in the alleyway. You said four men attacked you, that you never saw it coming; they punched and kicked you to the ground and you had no chance of running. Something in your eyes was wrong I knew your story wasn't true, but what the fuck are you supposed to say when your best mate lies to you? Two weeks back it was the same thing, but the story was less violent after another evening beating had been delivered with less intent I didn't question then, likewise I didn't this time either instead I hoped you'd tell the truth not trying to be the great deceiver. I sat and listened to you for hours as you sighed and wheezed in pain when you said the one who did this I knew by face and name. "You see the thing is mate I I didn't get jumped" you said. "I got home last night safely and was beaten up by our lass instead." "I never hit her! I swear to you! I didn't provoke her either." "You should know it's not the first time, but I swear this time. I'm gonna leave her." "I have to see a specialist ruptured is my eye they think it could lead to partial blindness I'm in fucking agony when I blink." Rolling trouser legs up to show me and taking his shirt off too he revealed bite marks and bruises I couldn't believe any human could do. Bitten on his arms and legs his back and thighs and chest were blue! Face scabbing after being scratched, fresh blood on his cheek was new. I've never seen him look so bad. Pale and weak and helpless; staring at the ground feeling ashamed beaten abused and lifeless. ******* Society Never judge a book by its cover, you cannot tell a good person from another. The girl next door filled with aggression or the bully with a brain of great invention. A man covered with tattoos and scars, but no hair does this mean that he doesn't care? A prostitute selling her body to men. You assume, she has no emotions then? The perfect husband who beats his wife, a happy child cutting his wrists with a knife; the problem child who longs for attention does he ever receive any love or affection? The innocent man who's as guilty as sin the honest team bribing a ref to win. A joy-riding youngster avoiding a crash, the cautious driver killed in the smash. Respectable politicians in scandals of sleaze, the pervert that raped her, claimed she was a tease. A man who drinks in the pub every day, Alcoholic! Or lonely since his wife passed away? The man in the hospital with poor mental health with the right support could he look after himself? The youth of today what childhood have they? Drug abuse and teen pregnancies take all that away branded with names of 'scuffer' and 'chav' a collection of ASBO'S the latest must have. Respect is long gone in our modern living abuse and violence society is giving.
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Super Mum: Another Working Class Hero (29/03/2017)
A Million Questions Unanswered (24/03/2017)
I Will Stand With You (22/01/2017)
Exploited by the Building Site Bell Ends (17/01/2017)
Sleep Peacefully At Last (28/04/2016)
The Greatest Flame (22/07/2014)
Inhumane Treatment for the Sake of Existence (20/07/2014)
Picture of Health (20/07/2014)
Uncomfortably unable to be numb (19/07/2014)
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