Martin Daws

Martin DawsMartin Daws is a performance poet and spoken word artist. He leads community and youth workshops across the country and regularly performs his work at events around the UK and Ireland. He was declared Farrago Slam Champ twice, was runner-up for both the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry in 2007and the Glastonbury Festival Slam in 2008. His 2008 debut at the Edinburgh Festival earned a five star review. He has been published in numerous international journals and is the author of Skin Tight the Sidewalk, a book/CD. He is Poet in Residence at Moelyci Environment Centre, North Wales. In April 2013 Martin Daws was announced by Literature Wales as The Young People’s Laureate for Wales. In this role Martin is working with young people all over Wales developing their engagement and enjoyment with spoken word poetry. Martin blogs at Follow his twitter feeds @martindaws and @yplwales.

In the late 1980s Martin began DJ-ing in London and in 1994, after experiencing the New York slam scene, he combined his passion for music and language into performance poetry. His work still retains strong ties to music, running youth workshops on creative writing and rap, and collaborating with various musicians. Notably, he has worked with dancer Sarah Mumford on the WID performance ‘Don’t Step on the Cracks’. His experimental performances with electro-acoustic composer Rob Mackay have toured four continents.

Martin is a Writer-in-Residence with Kingston Writing School and on 19 March 2013, he taught a Teaching & Writing Workshop.

More information about Martin and his work is available at his website



Skin Tight The Sidewalk, 2009


Recommended Reading:

The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Smokin’ Lovely – Willie Perdomo

Said the Shotgun to the Head – Saul Williams

The Wasteland – T.S. Elliot

Learning to be White – Thandeka

Rhythm and Muse 2012

The annual poetry festival presented by Rhythm & Muse and Kingston Writing School begins this week. Go on, you know you want to revel in some poetry. Sign up for workshops, sign up for a slam spot; develop and share some of your poetic tendencies.

Schedule of events 20-29 November 2012

Tuesday, 20 November:

10:30 – 11:30am – A. F. Harrold – Schools event at the Rose Theatre in association with Kingston Libraries and RBK

Thursday, 22 November:

3-5pm – Judith Watts – Workshop at the new-look Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University (Places FREE, but please book in advance via Alison Hill –

Saturday, 24 November:

11am-1pm – Martin Daws – Poetry in Performance – interactive workshop led by performance poet, Martin Daws. Kingston university, Penrhyn Road, Room JG0001 (Places FREE, but please book in advance via Laura Bottomley –

Wednesday, 28 November:

6-8pm – Wendy Cope and Laurence Owen – Lyrical Laughter at Kingston University. Penrhyn Road, Room JG0003 (FREE)

Thursday, 29 November:

8:30pm onwards – LiTTLe MACHiNe and Slam at the Ram, hosted by Nick Poole – Ram Jam Club, Kingston. £6/£5 on the door. Email Alison Hill for more details or to sign up for a slam spot –


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