T.S. IDIOT: punk poet, performance artist and semi-professional moron
Tom Stockley (AKA T.S. IDIOT) is a slam-losing poet and semi-professional moron. Sometimes his performances are more abstract, and sometimes more like a band or even a proper poet that your nan would like. His influences include punk poets and 60s beat writers to more unusual poetical icons like Dr. Seuss, Poly Styrene and Neil Armstrong.
He's warmed up crowds for internationally acclaimed poets including John Cooper Clarke and Attila The Stockbroker. He can also be found ranting in the corner of pubs (sometimes invited) and punk shows. His backing band THE HIDEOUS TREND was reformed in 2019 after a brief hiatus, now based in Bristol where they made their debut supporting punk legends Subway Sect. He's also known in some circles as the South West's worse techno wordsmith MC TEABAG and very occasionally a Russian woman called Ivana.
T.S. IDIOT has appeared at poetry events across the UK, including Forked (Apples & Snakes), Spotlight (Raise The Bar) and Penzance Literary Festival. In 2017 he honed skills with Doorstep Arts and Unleashed Theatre Company, delivering performances to an international audience. In 2005 he played the mother goose in a primary school production of Charlotte's Web (he was really good).
T.S. IDIOT has been published by United Press (2015), Mind's Eye (2015), CALM (2015), Sea Post Press (2016) and Reality Beach (2017). He's represented by Uncollective and in 2017 was featured in the BBC3 documentary 'Generation Screwed?'
2019 will see T.S. IDIOT enrolling at the Hip Yak Poetry School, performing in residence at Bristol Museum and continuing to disappoint crowds across the UK. He's also hosting IDIOT TALK, a monthly show on 1020 Radio.
Contact him for bookings, commissions and more (send a message to email@example.com, via his facebook page or tweet him). If you shout loud enough he may come galloping across the horizon like a tiny hairless horse.
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"Like a cross between Suicide and John Cooper Clarke"
- Attila The Stockbroker
"A spoken word phenomena" - Voice Magazine
"Lighthearted but bittersweet" - Fringe Review
"In very poor taste" - Marie Sulman, Devon County Council
"Very funny, very topical" - DIY Exeter
"A passionate poet with a contemporary edge" - Made In Plymouth
"Awful" - Tif Smith, Altern8
"Proper punk" - Glen Matlock
"A real treat to witness" - Green Beanz