Jude Simpson – Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer.

Welcome!

Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer.  That’s me.  I write spoken word and poetry – sometimes funny, sometimes lyrical and heartfelt, sometimes all three.  I add songs and stories, and perform this act anywhere, from people’s homes to arts centres, theatres to poetry nights, festivals to libraries!  Audiences enjoy the warmth, the wordplay, the humour, the silliness and the honesty in my performances. 

My subject matter ranges from tropical fruit to body parts, from parenting to romantic love, from giant toasters to vaccination.  I like to look at things sideways and then tell you about them in a rhythmically interesting, skilfully-rhymed, intricately wordy way that makes you laugh. 

Some of my work is on my Youtube channel and I also have some things to sell here.  But it’s best to come along to a gig and see me for yourself.  

I’m blessed to be Poet in Residence for my local branch of Homestart, the charity that works for families in crisis.

News of events with Homestart, as well as other forthcoming events, writing projects, new work and general musings can be found in my blog below. 

It’s good to have you here… x

Latest Blog Posts

Gig with Michael Rosen

At the end of this month I’ll be supporting Michael Rosen at the Poetry Shack in North London.  How exciting!  It all happens at the Candid Arts Centre in Angel, North London, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th July.  Tickets are £8 each, and you can buy them here.

  • UCB Ireland interview
    Here’s an interview I did for UCB Ireland, talking to the lovely Annemarie Miles about humour, my writing and faith. I really appreciated her perceptiveness about my work, and her excellent interviewing skills.
  • Gig with Michael Rosen
    At the end of this month I’ll be supporting Michael Rosen at the Poetry Shack in North London.  How exciting!  It all happens at the Candid Arts Centre in Angel, North London, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th July.  Tickets are £8 each, and you can buy them here.
  • Extrordinary ordinariness
    I loved reading this column about ordinariness, by my friend and fellow poet, Veronica Zundel.  Writing for Woman Alive magazine, she challenges the insidious assumption that to be significant, we need to do or achieve something extraordinary.  Reading this dislodged a whole load of thoughts I’ve been having for some time, about significance, achievement and…

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

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