T.S. IDIOT: queer punk poet, performance artist and semi-professional moron
T.S. IDIOT is a slam-losing, short sighted, queer, Jewish poet with eczema.
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, as well as DIY punks including TV Smith and The Spook School. 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 has seen T.S IDIOT performing in residence at Bristol Museum and enrolling in the Hip Yak Poetry School, where he was mentored by Jonny Fluffypunk, Kate Fox, Pete The Temp and Matt Harvey (among others). He's also hosting IDIOT TALK, a monthly show on 1020 Radio. The Hideous Trend make their headline debut at The Thunderbolt in July.
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. You can also buy some of his meaningless tat via Uncollective Records.
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"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
"A real treat to witness" - Green Beanz
"Proper punk" - Glen Matlock
"Skillfully disobedient" - Pete The Temp