Spoken word artist and battle rapper Mark Grist came to prominence after his Don’t Flop rap battle against MC Blizzard clocked up millions of views on YouTube. As an English Teacher Grist used rap to teach poetry, but has since left the profession to pursue his artistic ambitions, by touring the UK and performing at the Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews. His accolades include becoming Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008, Chief Bard of the Fens in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion in 2010.
As well as his solo work, his double act, Dead Poets, appeared on BBC 6 Music with Steve Merchant, and was shortlisted for the Wooda Arts Award.
Tim Clare is a poet, author and musician hailing from Portishead. As a stand-up poet, he performs all over the UK and internationally, both as a solo act and as a member of acclaimed poetry collective Aisle16. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, with his solo shows Death Drive, and How To Be A Leader, which also won a Brighton Fringe Best Show award. His latest solo show, a new hour of his best stand-up poetry, is called Be Kind To Yourself.
Tim has performed his work on BBC television and radio, and has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Big Issue and Writing magazine, amongst others. His first book, We Can’t All Be Astronauts, a memoir about jealousy and having one last shot at achieving your dreams, won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards. His fiction debut, The Honours, was published in 2015. His first collection, Pub Stuntman, is published by Nasty Little Press.
Tim Clare is the creator of the Poetry Takeaway, the world’s first mobile poetry emporium. For the last 5 years, he has also undertaken his 101 Poems In A Day project, writing 101 poems in a day and posting each online as he writes it, based on title suggestions from the public.