''The Oracle Of Ossett'' Peter Haney - Yorkshire Penguin Posse ''encapsulates a great deal of how it feels to live in a post-truth, post-caring Britain''...''the sight of one Yorkshireman summoning the energy of a whole Green Day concert at a poetry night isn't something you forget in a hurry'' Genevieve L Walsh - Spoken Weird ''full of working class character but crafted with an expertise of someone who has dedicated themselves to the art, is as captivating in substance as it is in delivery'' Steven B Williams - Author of Heartsnare Hailing from Ossett, West Yorkshire, Simon writes and performs poetry that blends a healthy mixture of Northern humour with a lashing of punk attitude and a dash of kitchen sink realism with topics that range from the experiences of working in retail and life in a small market town right through to tall tales in Brooklyn bars and tributes to fallen Angels. Simon has performed at events ranging from Outspoken (Leeds), Word Wise, Unity Words, Out The Snout, Spoken Weird, New Word Resolutions and Poetry & A Pint to name a small handful as well as festivals such We Shall Overcome, Keep Corbyn and the award winning Live At Leeds Festival in 2016. Furthermore he has also supported bands such as The Tuts, The Solicitors and Joe Solo. In 2015, he began a written residency at Mocca Moocho Café in Wakefield which lead to a headlining show at the café in February 2016. Simon has been published in print at Paper And Ink Zine, Glove Zine. We Shall Overcome: The Anthology and Nymphs & Thugs Soapbox as well as online at DryLandLit Press, Estorica Magazine and Wildsound Festival. As featured on The Poets & Poetry Podcast Show (Episode 8) https://www.mixcloud.com/PoetsAndPoetry/poets-poetry-podcast-show-episode-8/ https://drylandlit.org/2016/11/20/hell-make-america-great-again-by-simon-widdop/ https://festivalforpoetry.com/2016/11/12/the-caveman-poetry-by-simon-widdop/
By The Glass Case I wish I could have strolled down the streets of Camden Town with you. Not hand in hand, but just in a way to see the romance of it all. A chance to see the world in all the shades of Jazz, Blues and laughter that those smoked caressed eyes saw. We could have spent time outside the Barfly, chasing Stella with chains of Amber Leaf and outpourings of musical loves. You with your beehive high and me in my rolled up sleeves & skull t-shirt. I craved the anguish and joy in your voice as much as you craved the burn of the hash that hooked itself to your heart. Yet I stand here before that grey dress, still separated by a glass shield, unable to make a physical connection. But as I pace around and take in your fragility I’ll smile knowing we’ll always have Camden Town
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