Performer. Educator. Creative. The order of priority certainly changes, but these are the three professional pillars on which my career has been built. A youth worker since 1990, a professional actor and facilitator since ’96, a fully qualified Drama teacher since 2004 and have been performing my spoken word and using it to facilitate workshops on culture, identity and poetics since before I self-published my first book of poems ‘Mixed Messages’ in 2009. My creative work has seen me tour nationally and feature internationally as far afield as Johannesburg, appearing in venues from the Hackney Empire to the Paralympics, and facilitating workshops with participants from KS1 right through to further education and adult audiences, while also featuring on Radio 4, BBC London, Jazz and Choice FM. First full collection ‘More Mixed Messages’ out now with Burning Eye.
‘Philosophers can keep interpreting the world, it’s us who needs to change it!’
Under the banner of the Cultural Chameleon Press I published my first collection of poetry ‘Mixed Messages’ in 2009, doing everything in house bar the design work and the printing. I have delivered a range of tailored workshops on subjects from poetry to culture & identity, & bullying to stem cell transplants, for audiences from KS2 up to young adult in a range of educational organisations across London. Promoted & hosted both poetry & black history events in venues from the Poetry Society Cafe (Lipped Ink) to QMUL.
I am always open to opportunities to develop new work, whether that is the shape of commissions, collaborations or workshop development. If you have a project you'd like to explore, drop me a line.
Commissioned by the education department at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, as part of their commemorations of the UNESCO ‘International day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition’ on August the 23rd 2020, the poem ‘Seed of the Fruit’ by South London based Anglo-Jamaican Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson is an attempt to reflect on the trade and its legacy.
Falling Tree Productions
First Broadcast on Shortcuts
BBC Radio Four