From palaces to punk festivals, castles to cathedrals; whether performed, spoken, screened or displayed, Tony’s words have electrified a huge range of events and venues. Here are just a few of them:


Warsaw, Poland (PKIN – “Stalin’s Penis”)
Astana, Kazakhstan
Helsinki, Finland
Berlin, Germany
Ankara, Turkey
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ireland & Northern Ireland

Black Box, Belfast
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Sunflower, Belfast
Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast
Belfast Arts Festival
Seamus Heaney Home Place, Bellaghy,
Iur Cinn Fleadh, Newry
The Sugar Club, Dublin
The Workman’s Club, Dublin
RTE Television Studios, Dublin
Dolan’s, Limerick
Rosin Dubh, Galway
Kinsale Literary Festival, Co Cork
Strokestown Poetry Festival, Co Roscommon
Portumna, Co Galway
Clifden Arts Festival, Connemara, Co Galway
Electric Picnic Festival, Co Laois
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co Laois
De Barra’s, Clonakility, Co Cork
First Fortnight Festival

England, Scotland and Wales

Countless pubs, bars, hotels, schools, colleges, universities, arts centres and theatres plus:

The Lit & Phil, Newcastle
Royal Shakespeare Company, 50th anniversary, Stratford Upon Avon
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, various venues
Liverpool Philharmonic Studio, solo show
Anfield, Liverpool FC, Conference Suite
The Leadmill, Sheffield, solo show
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, solo show
Conwy Castle, Wales
Galeri Caernarfon, Wales
Blackpool Tower Circus Ring
Blackpool Tower, upper deck, BBC1
Blackpool Winter Gardens
Liverpool Central Library
NEC, Birmingham
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The Old Vic, Bristol
The Byre Theatre, St Andrew’s, Scotland
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, solo show
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Live Theatre, Newcastle
The Carriageworks, Leeds
Baltic, Newcastle
Cheltenham Town Hall
Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
MIMA, Middlesborough
Valley Parade stadium, Bradford City FC, conference suite
Alton Towers


RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects
Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1, BBC2
Abbey Rd Studios, The Gatehouse
Maida Vale Studios, BBC6Music
St James’s Palace, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Gold Awards Ceremony
Lambeth Palace, Sandford St. Martin Awards ceremony
The Roundhouse, BAFTA Ceremony
The Imperial War Museum
Book Slam, Clapham Grand
Somerset House
The Southbank Centre
Battersea Arts Centre
The Poetry Café, Covent Garden
Occupy LSX, St Paul’s Cathedral
BANG! Said The Gun

Manchester & Greater Manchester

Countless pubs and bars, a few shopping centres and venues including:

The Briton’s Protection – where it all started for me!
Sir Alex Ferguson road naming ceremony, Old Trafford
Socceraid on ITV1, pitchside, Old Trafford stadium
Manchester City FC, Etihad stadium, interviewed on the pitch at half-time
Albert Square, Manchester arena bomb vigil 2017
Albert Sq, arena bomb first anniversary event
Lancashire County Cricket Club stadium, One Love concert
Manchester Arena, We Are Manchester re-opening show
Great Manchester Run, BBC2, on a crane above the start line
The Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Cathedral
Albert Hall, Manchester
The Ritz
The Deaf Institute
Victoria Warehouse
Central Library
Bridgewater Hall
Lowry Arts Centre, All 3 stages plus the gallery
HOME, Theatre 1, sold out solo show
The Dancehouse, sold out solo show
Frog & Bucket, two sold out solo shows
The Met, Bury, two sold out solo shows
Contact Theatre
Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester University, Alliance Manchester Business School
Academy 3
Bolton Albert Halls
Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, DW Stadium
Bolton Wanderers stadium, conference suite
Wigan Pier
Rochdale Town Hall
St Mary in the Baum Church. Rochdale
The Plaza Theatre, Stockport
Bolton Octagon
Robert Powell Theatre, Salford University
Maxwell Hall, Salford University
The Kings Arms, Salford
The Eagle Inn, Salford
The Castle, Manchester
Matt & Phred’s
MediaCityUK, various venues and studios
The Pie Factory soundstage
National Football Museum
Manchester Museum
Museum of Science and Industry
People’s History Museum
Affleck’s Palace
Royal Exchange Theatre, main stage
Imperial War Museum North
53Two theatre
The Green Room
Manchester University/UMIST, Sackville St
Emmeline Pankhurst Statue
Manchester Airport
The John Rylands Library
Manchester Central (GMEX)
The Midland Hotel and all major city centre hotels
Halle St Peter’s Church, Ancoats
Band On The Wall
Hope Mill Theatre
Whitworth Art Gallery
Z Arts Centre
The Cornerhouse
Thirsty Scholar
Joshua Brooks
Sacred Trinity Church, Salford
Islington Mill, Salford
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
Middleton Arena
Heaton Hall, Heaton Park
FC United of Manchester stadium
Gigg Lane, Bury FC stadium
Rochdale Town Hall
Gorton Monastery
Wythenshawe Forum
HM Prisons Styal, Buckley Hall, Forest Bank
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
NIAMOS/Hulme Hippodrome


Tony has featured at a huge range of festivals, often being invited back year after year. From gigging and compering in packed tents, to sharing stadium shows and main stages with pop stars and rock legends, few poets have taken their poetry to so high or so far.

One Love Concert, Manchester
We Are Manchester, Manchester Arena
Glastonbury – Poet in Residence 2011
Kendal Calling – Poet Laureate 2012
The Big Chill
Electric Picnic
Head For The Hills
Rebellion Punk Festival
Shorelines, Co Galway
Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester Science Festival
Manchester Poetry Festival
Ledbury Poetry Festival
StAnza Poetry Festival
European Poetry Slam Festival, Berlin 2009
Another Fine Fest, Ulverston
Working Class Writers’ Festival, Bristol
Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival
Cheltenham Literature Festival
Kinsale Literary Festival, Co Cork
Aesthetica Film Festival, York
Wells Festival of Literature

Photo : Paul Fosbury Photography