Hi, guys. Exciting news today-a new video of my poem ‘Girls who Read,’ has gone up on YouTube and it’s gone viral. Thanks so much to everyone who has shared it online. Over a million views so far for a poem written in an evening is pretty cool. If you haven’t seen it, the link is attached below and I’m hoping that you like it.
Forward Poetry's Poet in Residence, Mark Grist, has hit global fame recently by taking part in something he believed was never going to work... Poetry vs rap! 'Don't Flop', hosts of the UK's largest rap battle events, invited Mark to battle against a 17 year-old boy from Manchester called Blizzard. The battle not only featured in local and national newspapers in the UK but hit America and went down in 'Don't Flop' history...
Mark Grist- Poet in residence Blog 11- November 2011
It's been over a year now since I quit my teaching job to become a professional poet and since then I've been roaming around the country like some sort of poetry nomad. A lot of people ask me what it's like being a professional poet. I can't speak for anyone else, but this is a rundown of my past month. Enjoy!
Whew, hello again. It’s been a busy old time. This has actually been the first day off I’ve had in four weeks. Admittedly, most working days involve spending 4 hours playing computer games on the train, then reading some poems and going down the pub, but doing it every day can be kind of exhausting. Seriously.
Please excuse the pyjamas, the fact I'm shivering and my sore eyes. I've spent the last three days in bed. And not in the good way; more like the shaking and feeling I'm going to be sick way. It turns out that spending about 5 hours a day on the train and sleeping on sofas most nights isn't fantastic for your health. Particularly when combined with lots of late night networking/boozing after readings. Urrr...
I've just got back from one of the most fantastic weeks I've ever had. My new show 'Shetland Boy' is about halfway done and I've been exploring Unst, the most Northern island in Great Britain to finish it off. What a surreal (and beautiful!) experience!
Well, it's been a busy month with 'Dead Poets' doing a tour of The East of England. Of all three nights, Norwich was certainly the highlight. The audience was packed and we had a lot of Creative Writing students along who were really laughing along with the show. It was also great to catch up old friends at the gigs and hear about the amazing projects that other writers are up to.
So, it's cold. Again. On the train. Again. And I'm typing, ag... oh. Actually. That's a bit of a change. I feel like I haven't written in AGES. Normally I'd be playing on my DS, or looking at everybody and wondering whether I look as tired as they do.
Well, hello again! How are things with you? I've had a busy week (or two) of writing and performing, which is exactly what I needed! September was pretty quiet - I seemed to spend most of the month jogging and trying to get over the Edinburgh post-show blues. That daily combo of performance and Jaeger bomb-fuelled celebration of said performance was pretty difficult to leave behind.
Well, hello there! My name's Mark and I'm a poet. A performance poet, in fact. Most of my material is designed to be heard, or seen, rather than read and so I'm hoping that you'll bear with me as I post up my rantings over the coming months. I'm really chuffed to be working as the Forward Press Poet in Residence and I'm looking forward to sharing the highs (and no doubt lows) of my current career.
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