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What they're saying about Tony Walsh

Some poets can make you laugh, a few can make·you cry but·only a handful·can do both.··By all accounts, Tony Walsh is one such poet. Splitting your sides and breaking your heart? Be warned - this guy should come with a health warning!’ Poetry&Words, Glastonbury Festival. (Website Poet In Residence 2011.)

‘Go Tony. The world's your oyster. This means that an oyster is the world. You rock!’ Lemn Sissay MBE. Poet and playwright.

‘A towering talent on the performance poetry scene, Tony blends native Manchester wit with a humanitarian heart to create moving and exhilarating poems.’ Apples & Snakes.

‘… Billy Bragg-like persona crossed with John Cooper Clarke delivery… The Fly is a music magazine, for sure, but in Tony Walsh’s lone voice, we discover more music than a thousand orchestras could muster. Utterly mesmerising and unforgettable…” Stephen Brolan, The Fly, The Big Chill Festival review, 2009.

‘Tony Walsh’s poetry picks you up by the scruff of the neck and shakes you until your teeth rattle. ·Brilliant stuff!’ Felix Dennis - poet, publisher, Oz trial defendant.

‘Tony Walsh rocks. And indeed he rolls!’ Elvis McGonagall, UK and World Poetry Slam Champion 2006.

‘Glastonbury comes to StAnza… in the shape of the inimitable Tony Walsh… one of the UK’s leading voices in performance poetry and a radio and festival regular.” StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.

‘(One) of the UK’s finest performers… fast funny and humane poetry…’
Ledbury Poetry Festival.

‘...shamelessly populist and swaggeringly ambitious.’

‘Masterful and empowering, a people's champion of poets… Tony speaks to the heart of the nation with a Manchester twang and a touch of indie wildness.’ Conwy Feast.

‘Tony Walsh emits charisma the way an AK47 emits rounds. It is physically impossible for a sentient human being to remain indifferent within a mile radius when he’s on stage.’·

‘You could have heard a pin drop. As moving a theatre experience as you can imagine.’ Eric Allison, Prisons Columnist for The Guardian.

‘Tony Walsh: truly the Gods’ Pollocks of the spoken word!’ Jeremy Myerson of The Royal College of Art, Worktech07 conference at The British Library, 2007.

‘Tony Walsh jest jednym z najbardziej obiecujacych talentów sceny slamowej w Wielkiej Brytanii.’ The British Council, Poland.

‘Longfella did a great job.’ Dan Walker of BBC Sport via Twitter

‘Brilliant!’ The National Football museum via Twitter

‘Fabulous stuff…’ Irvine Welsh via Twitter

(All referring to a poem commissioned by BBC1 Football Focus, January 2012.)


‘There is formal skill from Tony Walsh…’ Carol Ann Duffy, UK Poet Laureate.


‘Our audience loved him and you will too!’ Wicked Words, Leeds.

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