T.S. IDIOT: punk poet, performance artist and semi-professional moron
"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
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 Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.
T.S. IDIOT was officially named the 13th best poet in Exeter, with government officials proclaiming him to be "in very poor taste" and "...the worst poet i've ever heard".
He's been writing and gigging round the South West since 2014. Falling somewhere between spoken word and deranged theatre, his live shows are known for their humour and DIY aesthetic - no topic remains unturned; from Gay Astronauts to Estate Agents, Simon Cowell's Bowels to Sentient Cornflakes. He's warmed up crowds for internationally acclaimed poets including John Cooper Clarke, Attila The Stockbroker and Rob Gee. He's also interviewed Rob Auton.
T.S. IDIOT has appeared at proper grown up events including Forked (Apples & Snakes), Spotlight (Raise The Bar) and Penzance Literary Festival. He pretends he's a musician sometimes, and shouts in bands - including on/off noise project THE HIDEOUS TREND. He's also known in some circles as the South West's worse techno wordsmith, MC TEABAG and very occasionally as a Russian woman called Ivana.
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 can often be found ranting and raving in the corner of pubs (sometimes invited) and punk shows; supporting the likes of Subway Sect, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and TV Smith (The Adverts).
T.S. IDIOT is a real poet (promise) and 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?' with George Lamb.
2019 will see T.S. IDIOT heading off to the Hip Yak Poetry Shack, performing in residence at Bristol Museum and continuing to disappoint crowds across the UK.
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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