Writer. Poet. Performer.
Toby Campion is an award winning British writer and spoken word artist, born and raised in Leicester. Placing second in the UK at the National Poetry Slam Championships 2014, Toby has won first runner up at the BBC Poetry Slam Grand Finals for the past 2 years running, placed runner up at the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finals 2015 and represented the UK at the Capturing Fire International Poetry Summit 2015 in Washington, DC.
Toby performs his poetry, which has been featured on national networks including BBC1, BBC Radio 4 and E4, on stages across the UK and America. Events and festivals Toby has performed at include St. Anza International Poetry Festival, BBC Mainstage at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Globe Road Poetry Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Lovebox, Greenbelt, Blissfields, SoFar Sounds, Nottingham Poetry Festival and Last Word Poetry Festival at the Roundhouse. Co-host of the monthly East Midlands spoken word night, Find the Right Words, Toby organises the UK National University Poetry Slam and Summit, UniSlam. Winner of the Fifth Word Theatre award for Most Promising Playwright 2015, Toby is currently on attachment with Fifth Word Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse developing a new play for 2016. Toby is also a member of Spare the Poets collective and Curve Theatre’s Writers Lab.
Founder and coach of Edinburgh University’s nationals-winning poetry team, Toby provides coaching to poetry slam teams and writing/performance workshops for writers of all ages and abilities.