Mainstream poetry 2.0: the poet as performer, entertainer, showman.

Mr. Mat Lloyd is an angry middle finger to poetry purists and to classic poets, using a variety of mediums including spoken word performances, videos, the written word and the odd music collaboration to quickly evaporate any preconceptions an audience may have about his craft. Among his many achievements he has performed along side artists such as Scroobius Pip, TV Smith, Laura Marling, 9 Ton Peanut Smugglers, Jude Simpson, Dockers MC, Luke Wright and Heala Selecta. His “Blokes” won in 2009 the “Best Film” trophy at the “ShortCuts Film Festival”. I can’t say I necessarily love his work, but he’s one of those people with a unique-creative-different-original-vision and that’s what I always look up to whether if I like the result or not.

ShortCuts Festival “Best Film”

“The night belonged to renowned performer poet Mat Lloyd, from Hemel Hempstead. Mat’s poignant animation called Blokes romped home as the jury’s official winner of Short Cuts Best Film. […] The story, Mat’s delivery of the poem and the creativity of the animation blew the jury away.” (SCFest’s press release)

Mat Lloyd in the media:


“Great lyricist!”

Godfather Zine

“Makes poetry look cool.”

Lifestyle Magazine

“Own brand of performance poetry.”

The London Paper

“Mat Lloyd writes off-beat poetry about real life.”

Dont Magazine

“His poetry is part reasoned social comment, part explosive diatribe.”

Shortfuse 64

“Simply tells it how it is and is not ashamed of being a little different from your average Poet.”

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13 thoughts on “Mainstream poetry 2.0: the poet as performer, entertainer, showman.

  1. M

    ai scos postul cu lacrimile n-au asigurare… ma! 😦
    cum stai cu dizertatia? 😀

  2. da print screen-uri cand iti mai place vreo chestie. : ))) nu miza niciodata pe faptul ca tot ce citesti azi va mai fi aici si maine. 😀 cuz it probably won’t. 😀

    la intrebarea cu disertatia:

    infiorator de minunat si inspaimantator de mirific.
    herr M, geiz ist geil, wie in diesem kommerziellen.
    direi che tutto va liscio e meraviglioso come sempre.
    c’est magnifique, mais je dois ajouter quelques pages.
    so amazing and on time, meaning almost done, almost.

    si-atat, ca io vorbesc “doar” 4 limbi straine, nu 5, ca inalt-prea-domnia-dv. 😀

  3. M

    hai ma, am zis si eu asa si tu nu pierzi nicio ocazie sa-mi aduci aminte. :))
    eu 5, tu 4, tot acolo suntem.
    desi 5 > 4. 😀

  4. that’s war, you know that, don’t you? 😀

  5. dia

    intrebare intrebatoare: exista vreun subiect pe lumea asta care ar putea sa va faca sa purtati o conversatie fara contraziceri si pasnica macar o data? :))

  6. nu.

  7. M


  8. dia

    am inteles. =))
    macar sunteti de acord ca nu puteti fi de acord. =))

  9. ps: va dati seama ca sintem toti off-topic, nu? 😀

  10. si declar comentariile inchise, pt. ca va fi hyper-frustrant sa dau reply la ora 18.00 si sa vad cum WP afiseaza din nou cu un decalaj de cincizeci de ore. : ))

  11. If only more than 38 people would hear about this!

  12. You’ve done it once more! Incredible writing.

  13. If only more than 47 people could read this.

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