Matt’s commissioned work has over the last 10 years become a major part of his working life, with over 25 commissions. It includes poems based on the history of Sheffield markets carved into 15 Kilkenny limestone benches in Sheffield City Centre; poems to go on 12 milestones around Derbyshire (link); his play The Storm Officer based on an extreme weather database at the University of Liverpool (link); a street play to celebrate the life of John Scargill (link); a poem etched on glass at the entrance to Ashbourne Library; a collaboration with Ralph Steadman on a poem and a machine for distilling literature; text for beautiful tapestries on the theme of diversity created with Paula Moss and the Derbyshire Embroidery Guild; poems about North Nottinghamshire for First Art People and Places.
And many more. And if he hasn’t done it, it probably means he’d love to do it.
“Brilliantly observed, funny as hell, poignant, and timely.”
Paula Moss, Blackpop Director, on The Storm Officer
“I just wanted to record my sincere thanks to you for Oh How That Valley. The project was ambitious, and I am so glad that we had the benefit of your inspirational input. It has been both a joy and a pleasure working with you and I wish you well for the rest of your laureateship.”
Keith Stubbs, Education Manager, Sinfonia Viva
“He is wonderful to work with as he is extremely creative, well organised, reliable and very flexible in his approach.”
Ali Betteridge, Derbyshire County Council Literature Officer
Matt’s live work includes readings, performances and benefits. He is currently touring his one-person show The Snoopy Question (or A Dog’s Answer to World Peace) and taking it to Edinburgh Fringe ...
Matt’s commissioned work has over the last 10 years become a major part of his working life, with over 25 commissions. It includes poems based on the history of Sheffield markets carved into 15 Kilkenny limestone benches ...
Matt has worked in schools for the last 20 years, with visits lasting anything between 15 minutes to 2 or 3 years. These have included projects: led by young people, working with staff, educational action zones, regional literacy advisors ...