Justin was born on The Isle of Sheppey, Kent, in 1972, but escaped shortly before his third birthday. Justin is a performance poet with appeal for both adults and children. Funny, lively and energetic, he is a regular and popular performer in schools and the sometime host of one of Brighton’s longest running spoken word cabarets Don’t Feed The Poets.
Keen to reconnect poetry with people and people with poetry, he has entertained everywhere from Sheppey to Shanghai and from the Savoy Hotel to street corners, steam trains and a sitting room made entirely out of newspaper.
In recent years Justin has specialised in creating family-friendly or friendly family spoken word shows, including My Creepy-Crawly Story House, The Dictionary of Dads and The Jumble Book, a show based on his experience as a dyslexic boy at school ,which was nominated for best children’s event at The Brighton Fringe. Alongside fellow poets Rosie Harris and Sophie Rose, he co-wrote and performed One Way Ticket, which explored the child migration scandal of the 1950’s and toured both theatre venues and moored ships throughout London and the South East.
With support from The Arts Council and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Justin is currently working on a new children’s show, Small Wonder Big Wow and continues to enjoy celebrating poetry in community and educational settings.
This is his first new work aimed at an exclusively adult audience for over a decade.
“The most talented, funny, original and obliging of performance poets.”
Hastings and St.Leonards Excellence Cluster
"Fantastic energy and interactivity." Teacher, Ernest Bevin College, London.
"He made us laugh but also think...he made us show everyone what we can do and how bright we are."
Year 8 student, Chatham South School.
“Poetry, story telling and sheer charm emanating from the personal magic of Justin himself.” Fringe Review