Artists & Workshops / Dan Simpson

Art forms

Storytelling, Creative Writing and Poetry

What he does

  • Poetry writing workshops
  • Spoken word writing / performance workshops
  • Poetry slam workshops
  • Performance technique workshops / coaching
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Solo performance workshops
  • Spoken word / performance poetry performance
  • Event hosting / compèring

Who for

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Universities 
  • One-off Workshops
  • Training Events and conferences
  • Youth & Community Groups
  • Residencies
  • Festivals and Events


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; geek culture and videogames; people and poetry. Dan has performed around the UK including at Glastonbury Festival, Roundhouse Camden, and at the BBC Fringe Slam. A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan's first collection of poetry is Applied Mathematics, published by Burning Eye Books. 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. As an educator, Dan is an enthusiastic and motivating workshop leader. He was a Poet Coach on Apples and Snakes' youth slam education project Spoke 'n' Word, and is a regular in primary and secondary schools. He also runs creative writing and professional development workshops for adults. 

“charmingly geeky” (The Scotsman) 

“His poems were tight and well thought out… clever and creative, consummately performed” (Sabotage)

"I was really impressed to see the way all took part purposefully, whatever their age or ablity, and the way they performed so well after so short a time. You gave them a belief in what they were doing and made it fun. It was one of the best workshops we have had at St Edmund’s."
Jon Daley, Head of English, St Edmund’s School

"One of the reasons that Dan is such a strong workshop facilitator is that he is instantly approachable. His simple yet energetic style is something young people relate to. He is flexible and innovative and can engage young people from a full range of backgrounds and behavioural needs."
Kyrill Potapov, English Teacher, Richmond Park Academy