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Mark Gwynne Jones

‘Inspired… one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem’ The Guardian

 ‘I always stipulate that whoever’s on with me hasn’t got to be any good. This one got past me. I don’t know how but heads will roll!’ John Cooper Clarke

‘The brilliant Mark Gwynne Jones. Passionate…captivating and slightly mad, mind-altering poetry’ Edinburgh Three Weeks

Winner of 4 festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word, Mark has published 6 collections of poetry and appeared in numerous anthologies. Reviewing his collection PsychicBread, Vicki Holman declared it ‘contagious, gritty, and sometimes startlingly sensitive’.

When resident poet for London’s parks Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st century Britain. In 2015, he toured Southern India and later the Uk with Indian poet and playwright, Mamta Sagar. Currently Mark is creating a soundscape of his native Peak District, recording the voices, stories, wildlife and weather of this strange and beautiful landscape of contrasts. The series, Voices From The Peak, is a poetic trip through the UK’s first National Park. Each audio following a different storyline. So far there are six in the series, the first three of which are published by Talking Elephant Records.

Creative Genre

  • Poet, Performer, Recording Artist

Work Undertaken

  • Residencies
  • commissions
  • and creative collaborations with a wide range of venues and organisations. Including appearances at festivals
  • theatres
  • clubs
  • and pubs.

Work in Education

  • Creative writing in Schools and Universities



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