Book Poet For Hire
Spontaneous Typewriter Poetry
Poet for hire are the UK and Europe’s star literary attraction.
They write improvised poetry on any theme or topic in under five minutes. Suitable for any crowd, they bring a unique wit and style to every occasion, and give each guest a unique memento to take away.
Having started as street performers in London in 2013, the poets Tim Siddall and Tumbleweed Parker have now appeared on Europe’s most prestigious literary stages, from Hay and Cheltenham festivals to the Waterstones Piccadilly, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, via the Serpentine Gallery and other, less conventional venues and private parties.
With their own ingenuity, the pair have transformed Poet for Hire from a novelty sideshow into a serious art form without narrowing its appeal. Aside from their live appearances, Parker incorporates the material from live performances into publications distributed throughout the continent. Siddall, as well as publishing in Parker’s magazine, has performed his spoken-word poetry to music at Glastonbury, Bestival, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Unlike most other performers, Poets for Hire do not come with their act already written. Every interaction with a guest creates a brand new piece of poetry, created live, in front of their eyes, on manual typewriters.
Literary aficionados might call this dizzying flurry of spontaneous composition “automatic writing”, others might say “stream of consciousness,” but to most people, it’s just first-rate entertainment.
★ Are able to write improvised poetry on any theme or topic in under five minutes
★ Bring a unique wit and style to every occasion, and give each guest a unique memento to take away
★ Every interaction with a guest creates a brand new piece of poetry, created live in front of their eyes
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Poet For Hire – Spontaneous Typewriter Poetry’s Previous Clients:
Cheltenham Literary Festival
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Julius Meinl coffee (“Meet with a Poem” day)
Humber Mouth Literary Festival
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