S M A L L M A N, S H * T P O E T
"Like a cross between Suicide and John Cooper Clarke"
- Attila The Stockbroker
"F**king weird, but I like it" - John Cooper Clarke
"Lighthearted but bittersweet" - Fringe Review
"In very poor taste" - Marie Sulman, Devon County Council
"Very funny, very topical" - DIY Exeter
"Passionate poet with a contemporary edge" - Made In Plymouth
"Awful" - Tif Smith, Altern8
"Proper punk" - Glen Matlock
"A spoken word phenomena" - The Clew Review
Tom Stockley (AKA T.S. IDIOT) is a performance artist and poet.
Not everyone believes this, but he reckons it's true.
Sometimes his performances are more abstract, and sometimes more like a band or even a proper poet that your nan would like.
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 has performed alongside nationally acclaimed poets such as Attila The Stockbroker, Melanie Branton and Dominic Berry.
His influences include punk poet John Cooper Clarke and 60s beat writers to more unusual poetical icons like Dr. Seuss, Poly Styrene and Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.
T.S. IDIOT has appeared at festivals including Glastonbury, Wonder Fields, Barnstaple Fringe and Penzance Lit Fest. No venue is too big or too small, from public toilets to The Ritz. 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.
In 2017 he honed skills with Doorstep Arts and Unleashed Theatre Co., delivering performances to an international audience.
These days he usually steers clear of slams (keeps losing them) spoken word nights (gets too drunk) and fringe festivals (horrifically under-prepared). Instead, he can be found ranting and raving in the corner of pubs (sometimes invited) and at sweaty ol' punk shows supporting the likes of The Spook School, 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 We Are Uncollective and in 2017 was featured in the BBC3 documentary 'Generation Screwed?'
T.S. IDIOT has won no awards, competitions or general recognition for his work. However, he's been officially named the 13th best poet in Exeter, the best Jewish poet in Newton Abbot and "...the worst poet i've ever heard". He now lives in Bristol. and recently came join last at his slam debut.
Contact him for bookings, commissions and more (send a message to email@example.com, via his facebook page or tweet him)
T.S. IDIOT has never appeared in the same room as MC TEABAG, David Attenborough or any of the teletubbies.
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