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19 Jun 2012

Mark Grist at Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Forward Poetry’s poet in residence, Mark Grist, is taking his poetry show Rogue Teacher to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.


The idea behind the show came along after his rap battle against Manchester hip hop rapper, Bradley Green aka Blizzard. The video has become the most viewed rap battle videoed and hosted by Don’t Flop. The video on YouTube went viral and currently has had 2.2 million views!


Mark Grist was a secondary school teacher who decided mid-recession to leave the 9-5 job behind and become a full time poet. People mocked Mark suggesting he wouldn’t be able to pay his bills and fund a stable living by being just a poet but the past year has blown these comments out of the water! Mark has taken on so many challenges since leaving the education system and there seems to be no stopping him.


I would hate to give any of the show's content away and can only suggest if you are thinking about attending Edinburgh Fringe Festival you should without doubt purchase tickets to see Rogue Teacher!


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