About

Ash Dickinson is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. He has become one of the UK’s best and busiest spoken word performers since turning full-time professional in 2008.

His debut collection, ‘Slinky Espadrilles’ (2012), was the first title published by Burning Eye Books. They released his follow-up, ‘Strange Keys’ in 2016. A multiple slam champion- including Edinburgh, the Cheltenham Festival and the Museum of Scotland- Ash was the 2011 UK All Stars Slam runner-up, the BBC Radio 4 (Midlands) slam champion in 2009, and he was a winner at the BBC Radio 4 (Scotland) slam in 2007.

Ash has performed in Australia, the United States, Canada (including a six-date feature tour in 2011, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in 2006), New Zealand (hosting his own weekly poetry night in Wellington, he was invited to appear at the 2002 New Zealand Festival), Germany, Spain, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

Ash has headlined many shows and festivals throughout the UK. He had a four-star rated one man show at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe, and the following year formed part of Scotland’s renowned Big Word during its run there. His most recent Fringe appearance was in 2017. Ash has appeared at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, StAnza, the Bristol Poetry Festival, The Larmer Tree, The Freedom Festival, The Wickerman, the Stratford Poetry Festival and The Camden Crawl among many other events.

He has performed at such venues as Ronnie Scott’s (London), The Colston Hall (Bristol), Oran Mor (Glasgow), Jupiter Artland (West Lothian), The Engine Shed (Lincoln), various RAF sites (including Coningsby and Scampton) and The Jazz Cafe (London), and appeared with many international poets, as well as comedians such as Frankie Boyle, Miles Jupp and Andy Parsons.

Ash is in heavy demand to run poetry workshops and talks; in education (primary and junior schools, secondary schools, colleges, special needs, international schools), through art education (libraries, museums) and with adult writing groups. He has been invited to showcase his workshops at secondary school heads of English conferences for Hertfordshire, Devon, Cheshire, Hull and to the Rugby Group. He has addressed the literary society at Stowe School three times, and was a case study in the Bloomsbury-published classroom aid, ‘Making Poetry Happen (2015).

Variously published in newspapers, magazines and poetry presses, Ash’s media appearances include BBC Radio, The Times, The Scotsman, Metro and Sweet TV.

A selection of reviews about Ash…


“Impressive wordplay” – The Times


“Clever and funny” – The Scotsman


“Brilliantly surreal invention…fabulous poems” – Edinburgh Evening News


“A very cool combination of rap, rhyme, repetition and wry wit…Dickinson proves not only to be an incredibly gifted poet, but also a great comedian with a sharp eye for social commentary” – Winnipeg Free Press


“Ash Dickinson is a performance poet for the Lost Generation. If you haven’t seen him, you haven’t seen performance poetry” – Federation of Writers (Scotland)


“Could do for poetry what Bill Hicks did for comedy” – The Skinny


“Surreal, hilarious social commentary and wicked wordplay…a master of stand-up poetry” – Apples and Snakes


“Accessible and engaging, frequently self-effacing…a personable and easy-going performer…a skilled writer, he tackles the big subjects like love, identity and nature, and handles it all with skill and finesse” – CBC Radio, Canada


“One of the outstanding poets of his generation” – Burning Eye Books


“Wields words like wicked weapons, his vivid surrealism now overlaid with darker matter…and still those remarkable rhyme forms to astound your senses” – Wordfringe


“Delicious comedy, theatre and rap mash-up”
– Venue


“Weird and wonderful, refreshingly unpretentious with an obtuse humour and seemingly effortless zeal…off-kilter, imaginative, yet lucid, profound and surprisingly poignant”
– Three Weeks


“Dickinson’s poetry is sheer magic. He’s an inspiring artist with a massive imagination that swings from one unpredictable world to another” – Petersfield Herald


“Unusual and refreshing” – Flambard Press


“Lord, how I hate performance poetry but Ash Dickinson’s skill with the medium had me turned round…for non-fans of performance poetry, prepare to have your minds changed…go see this show!” – The Jenny Revue