Join award winning poet and playwright Toby Campion, reading from his debut poetry collection, Through Your Blood.

Exploring themes of identity, broken tradition and desperation sung from the back lanes of a Midlands city, Through Your Blood (Burning Eye Books) takes us on a deeply personal yet undeniably relatable journey. Taking us through a turbulent adolescence into adulthood, Toby’s voice is refreshingly frank, perceptive and funny.

‘These are poems with an easy intimacy; Campion speaks to the reader about childhood, discovery of sexuality, place and young adulthood with striking humour, wit and honesty’ – Andrew McMillan

Toby will read from his work, followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

Born and raised in the Midlands, Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Anna Duffy. He has performed on stages from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall, and from America to South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015. Toby is Director of UniSlam, Resident Artist at the prestigious Roundhouse, and one of the first resident poets of the River Thames.

Presented by Apples and Snakes and Tate Enterprises.

Banner photo: Paul Blakemore

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