Matt Nicholson is a fresh and exciting new voice who has made significant waves with his words, his use of imagery and his performances in the two years since he decided to share his work with just about anyone who was prepared to listen. He left Hull, the City of his birth, at the age of 8, watching from the back seat of a car as his family drove past the almost-complete Humber Bridge, heading for a new life. His head was full of excitement and hope for the promised land that waited for them down south, but he was heartbroken that he would not see his beloved Humber Bridge completed. Jumping forward over 30 years, he has returned, crossing that self-same iconic bridge with his wife and all their worldly possessions, to once again make a home in East Yorkshire. His poetry is sometimes dark and intense, sometimes heartfelt and funny, but always painstakingly honest; poetry that describes a man who has been There and back, if only to see how far it is. Coincidentally, There and Back to See How Far It Is, was the title of his first collection of poems, published in Autumn 2016, in the Humber Sound series. His new collection is We Are Not All Blessed With A Hat-Shaped Head, appreing under the new Staring Owl poetry imprint in March 2018.
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