Toria Garbutt is a spoken word artist from Knottingley – a former mining town in West Yorkshire. From as young as 9 she kept a diary, and wrote poetry by way of navigating an alternative path through the world.
“Toria’s words are silk javelins. Frank explorations of self, outpourings of a joyfully pained mind. She means it. Cos she’s lived it. I love that girl” Mike Garry
Her début album ‘Hot Plastic Moon’ is a collection of confessional, observational and character based poetry, with a punk heritage, a staccato heartbeat and a unique flair for storytelling.
In 2017, Toria established herself as a regular support act for Dr John Cooper Clarke on his ongoing UK tour dates. Earlier this year, she launched her début poetry collection ‘The Universe and Me‘.
2018 also saw Toria delve into theatre, as a writer on award-winning theatre company Not Too Tame‘s show ‘Northern Souls’, which appears at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2019, Toria was featured in The Guardian alongside Matt Abbott in an article on “the rise of the new poets“, and again in a piece on Yorkshire dialect.