Dan Simpson


Dan Simpson is a writer, performer, producer, and educator. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is popular, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; art and geek culture; people and poetry. Dan has performed around the world including at Glastonbury Festival, Chicago?s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, and on BBC Radio. A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan's first collection of poetry is Applied Mathematics, published by Burning Eye Books - with second collection Totally Cultured due in 2019. He has had work commissioned by Southbank Centre, Free Word Centre, and Corinium Museum, and is a regular chef at The Poetry Takeaway. He was Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station for TfL, at Knole House for the National Trust, and Canterbury Roman Museum for the University of Kent.




Publications & Performance History

Totally Cultured (author) Burning Eye Books, forthcoming 2019 I Bet I Can Make You Laugh (contributor) Bloomsbury, Aug 2018 A Change of Climate (co-editor) Self published, Dec 2017 Experimental Words: sharing science through poetry (co-author) American Geophysical Union, Dec 2017 The Western Cemetery of Roman Cirencester (contributor) Cotswold Archeology, Nov 2017 The Best Poetry Book in the World (contributor) Burning Eye Books, Nov 2017 Applied Mathematics (author) Burning Eye Books, Aug 2014

Workshop & Reading Experience

As an educator, Dan is an enthusiastic and adaptable workshop leader. He is the course convenor on "Writing for the Spoken Word" at Canterbury Christ Church University, was a Poet Coach on Apples and Snakes' youth slam Spoke 'n' Word, and is a regular facilitator in primary and secondary schools. He also runs creative writing and professional development workshops for adults.


Dr. Sam Illingworth Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Manchester Metropolitan University S.Illingworth@mmu.ac.uk 0161 2471 203

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1 to 30

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£250 per day

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