Jude Simpson – Poet, wordsmith, performer

Jude Simpson – Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer.

Welcome!

 Jude Simpson writes and performs joyful comedy, combining quirky observational humour with poetry, wordplay and song.  You can find her online here: Youtube channel or find out where she’s playing live here: What’s on. You can also buy her work at the online shop, here.

Jude has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as literature festivals, studio theatres and poetry clubs all over the country. Her work is witty, uplifting, funny, clever and has wide appeal.

“She has words on a string like so many yoyos, and
her lines sparkle with wit and panache”
– The Scotsman


An established performer for adults, Jude more recently began writing for children.  She has written a school musical for Kevin Mayhew Publishers, and had poems published in a Bloomsbury anthology and in online magazines / school resources. She is working with the Junction Theatre in Cambridge to create a children’s show, “A Noise Annoys,” and her poetry collection of the same name is currently out on submission. Jude is Poet in Residence at her local branch of Homestart, the family support charity.

Jude also works as a co-athor, helping people tell their stories, particularly those with a faith aspect. “Broken by Love” told the story of Val Jeal MBE whose inspirational work with marginalised women was recognised biographies and writes script/lyrics for musical theatre.  She is currently working on a new co-authoring project.

Jude is a veteran of Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Greenbelt, and a regular on Konnect Radio. 

“Jude Simpson is funny, sharp, emotional in her work and is a
terrific performer, using her face and body with huge effect.
She needs to be seen and heard wherever possible.”
– Michael Rosen

 

“Jude Simpson is funny, sharp, emotional in her work and is a terrific performer, using her face and body with huge effect. She needs to be seen and heard wherever possible.”
Michael Rosen

Latest Blog Posts

Friends, Foes and Fossils – the Mary Anning musical

This fab school musical has just been published!! I wrote the script and lyrics for this musical, designed especially for Year 6 leavers, but workable for any children’s drama group, youth theatre or school production. I absolutely loved the process of dramatising Mary Anning’s story. The musical is available at the website of The Little […]

  • Friends, Foes and Fossils – the Mary Anning musical
    This fab school musical has just been published!! I wrote the script and lyrics for this musical, designed especially for Year 6 leavers, but workable for any children’s drama group, youth theatre or school production. I absolutely loved the process of dramatising Mary Anning’s story. The musical is available at the website of The Little… Read more: Friends, Foes and Fossils – the Mary Anning musical
  • Shortlisted!!!
    I’m really chuffed that BrokenByLove – the book I wrote with the marvellous Val Jeal MBE – has been shortlisted for Biography/Memoir of the year 2023 by Christian Resources Together. How exciting! This is a real endorsement, both of Val’s amazing life, and of the way we together told her story. Winner is announced 6th… Read more: Shortlisted!!!
  • I’ve signed a contract to write a musical!
    I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve signed a contract with @kevinmayhew_ltd Kevin Mayhew Ltd to write the script and lyrics for a Primary School Year 6 children’s musical!  Writing lyrics for a musical is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, and I’m already having so much fun! I’ve chosen to base it on Mary Anning – the… Read more: I’ve signed a contract to write a musical!

We may not be clapping our keyworkers on Thursday evenings any more, but there are plenty of ways – perhaps more important ways – to keep saying thank you. I wrote this poem because it was on my heart, and found it touched a chord with doctors, nurses and other healthworkers , who helped me voice it. May 2020.

“She’s got words on a string like so many yoyos, and her lines sparkle with wit and panache”
The Scotsman