An outstanding performance poet whose live sets blend free musicality and innovative lyricism in a unique improvised theatre, Martin Daws' work explores life, history, nature and who the hell we think we are, anyway! Martin's poetry shows a rare breadth of style and voice, and he has also been introduced to an audience as 'a thoroughly nice man'.

With extensive experience performing both as a headline and feature poet at spoken word shows, music events and major festivals, Martin is widely acknowledged as a highly original poet whose performances guarrantee power, edge and tenderness in equal measure.

In recognition of his exceptional work as a poetry activist Martin Daws was announced in April 2013 as Young People's Laureate for Wales. Currently very active in this role, Martin works across Wales to engage and inspire young people to empower themselves through their creativity. As Young People's Laureate Martin also represents Wales internationally; creating partnerships and sharing skills with other socially engaged poetry organisations and practitioners around the world.

A double Farrago Slam Champ, and runner-up in both the Glastonbury Festival Slam and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, Martin got a coveted five star review on debut at the Edinburgh Festival (2008) and is the author of the acclaimed book/cd 'Skin Tight the Sidewalk'. Organisations Martin has successfully worked with include Literature Wales, National Opera Wales, The British Council, Apples and Snakes and Urban Word NYC.

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