Fay Roberts at a microphone, wearing a black rollneck, with zir arms spread wide
credit: Daisy Thurston-Gent

After considering myself a musician and prose writer who occasionally dabbled in verse, it took accidentally winning a round of a poetry slam that I’d entered partially as a favour to a friend (there’s a theme emerging…) for me to realise that I enjoyed it and was reasonably good at it. After that, I started on a round of saying yes to every opportunity that turned up, and gradually built a reputation as a quietly spoken performer who tried their hand at a variety of styles, gaining various monickers (The Reluctant Poet, The Welsh Whisperer) along the way. I also started hosting shows, because I can’t seem to leave well enough alone. And you can find out more about them here.

I have an award-nominated solo spoken word show (The Selkie, awarded five star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe) and a few pamphlets to my name, either solo or as part of anthologies. I also have a poetry concept album of a full collection, published by Burning Eye, called Spectral. You can find out more about these things in the various linked parts of the site.

Nowadays I write poetry to commission, as part of challenges, and sometimes because I still have to. I also provide means to help other people write more, which you can find out about on the Teaching/ Mentoring section.