Matt Abbott

Wakefield-born Matt Abbott is newly established on the UK’s spoken word scene and is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s leading political poets. He is also a social and political activist.

“Matt Abbott is the voice of the UK in uprising. He raises his pen in defence of both global refugees of war and of domestic class conflict, and uses it to create links between seemingly disparate communities, writing over borders and straight into the margins of the page. Powerful, empathetic and necessary.” Joelle Taylor

After fronting indie-pop act Skint & Demoralised from 2007-2013, he returned to his first love of poetry. His début one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks’ received rave reviews at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.

Matt Abbott | Nymphs & Thugs

This led to a 22-date UK theatre tour in autumn 2018, and was accompanied by his début collection of the same name on VERVE poetry press and a studio album on Nymphs & Thugs.

Matt is an ambassador for Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and Trinity Homeless Projects. In 2016 and also earlier this year, he starred in a national TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society.

Skint & Demoralised returned earlier this year following a six-year hiatus, Matt was commissioned to write the poem for Leeds United’s centenary kit launch, and in July he published his début collection for children ‘A Hurricane in my Head‘ on Bloomsbury.

He was also featured alongside Toria Garbutt and three other poets in a Guardian article on “the rise of the new poets” in February.

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‘Red, White & Blue’ features in ‘Two Little Ducks’

Debut collection and studio album available to purchase now

Matt Abbott | Two Little Ducks | Verve
Matt Abbott’s debut collection on VERVE Poetry Press