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Spotlight on Matt Black

Matt loves writing, always has done, and loves encouraging others to have a go at writing. He writes poems for adults and children, has lived in Sheffield for the last 25 years, and has 2 grown-up children. Recent collections are Swimmer and Goblin In The Fridge (Poetry Book Society Children’s Bookshelf Summer Choice). He has won awards and commissions, and has toured in Germany, U.S.A., Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic. He has set a World Record (unofficial) performing in 50 venues in 5 hours on a tandem bicycle. He invented the world’s first Poetry Jukebox which he uses regularly at festivals and schools. He was Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2011-2013, and is currently working for First Art, writing poems inspired by people and places in North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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