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 stand-up poet who has performed around the UK, including Glastonbury, Roundhouse, and for BBC Radio. He has also performed (poetry) at both a hen party and a death metal gig, and is ok. He’s a former Canterbury Laureate and Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station, and currently in-residence at Knole House for the National Trust. Dan’s first collection of poetry is Applied Mathematics, published by Burning Eye Books, and he is one half of producing partnership Varjack & Simpson. 

“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