Dan Simpson is a poet, performer, and producer. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is popular, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; pop and nerd culture; people and poetry.
Dan has performed around the UK including at Glastonbury Festival, Roundhouse Camden, and on BBC Radio. He has created five solo stand-up poetry shows for Edinburgh Fringe, and is one half of Anti-Slam producing partnership Varjack & Simpson. He also hosts and co-produces comedy vs. poetry gig Stand Up & Slam. He has performed (poetry) at both a hen party and a death metal gig, and survived.
A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan's first collection of poetry is Applied Mathematics, published by Burning Eye Books - with a second collection due in 2019. He has had work commissioned by Southbank Centre, Free Word Centre, and Corinium Museum, and he's a regular chef at The Poetry Takeaway. He has been Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station for TfL, at Knole House for the National Trust, and Canterbury Roman Museum for the University of Kent.
Dan creates pioneering work using crowdsourced and outdoor poetry for organisations such at the Royal Academy of Arts, National Museum of Scotland, and the European Commission. He is an experienced project manager, co-ordinating literature and performance projects for arts organisations.
Often working in scientific contexts, Dan has appeared at popular science events and talks. As half of Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson, he creates shows and organises spoken word and science projects - such as Experimental Words, bringing together poets and scientists to collaborate and create new performances together.
As an educator, Dan is an enthusiastic and motivating workshop leader. He is the course convenor on Writing for the Spoken Word at Canterbury Christchurch University, was a Poet Coach on Apples and Snakes' youth slam education project Spoke 'n' Word, and is a regular facilitator in primary and secondary schools. He also runs creative writing and professional development workshops for adults.