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’s 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.
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 2019, he starred in national TV ad campaigns for Nationwide Building Society.
Following a six-year hiatus, Skint & Demoralised returned in 2019. Matt was then 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 2019.
Matt is releasing the ‘A Life of Wearing White EP’ over two halves in April 2020, with 50% of the profits being donated to Leeds Fans Food Bank.