Rapunzel Wizard writes and performs poetry, along with prose, plays, and songs. He started young, first reciting verse to an audience when he was six. This has given him an appreciation of poetry and shown him that contact with verse can inspire an interest in expressing oneself through this art form.
Rapunzel has performed at many events including Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wickerman Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and Brighton Fringe Festival. He was a poetical representative of Brighton’s City of Culture Bid, and has won poetry slam contests around the UK.
Rapunzel tends to write and recite sharply comic poems with a political edge. This led to him being called “The Beast from Brighton,” which was a good description until he moved to Aberdeen. In the Granite City he received death threats while performing a poem about Margaret Thatcher, and was listed in a student guide to the city as a “must see act”.
He has been writing and performing comic material for over 15 years including: -
Rapunzel is one of only a few performance poets accepted by the Scottish Book Trust to run workshops under their Live Literature scheme. He has organised workshops for school children and three of the writers’ groups in Aberdeen. Rapunzel ran Aberdeen’s only regular night of performance poetry. He is former chair of the Aberdeen Wordfringe Festival.
Rapunzel believes that poetry is a perfect medium for communicating succinctly without preaching to people. In his spare time he drinks real-ale, grows dandelions in his vegetable patch, and likes anything that inspires a poem.
Published & Staged Works
Rapunzel’s work covers a wide range of styles and skills. He enjoys the challenge of writing for and reciting to different audiences. To this end, he has written poems suitable for slam performance competitions, and other immediate verse that can connect with a pub, music gig, or street audience that have little or no experience of the artform.
Rapunzel also pens verse that is suitable for a page poetry audience. Further he enjoys scripting poetry plays, which mix performance verse with dramatic dialogue in a stage setting. When performing these, he has found this to be a very good way of introducing theatre-going audiences to the possibilities of performance verse. His prose writing includes two novels of teenage fiction and many shorter pieces.
As well as publishing his work Rapunzel is committed to performing poetry and prose. He has appeared at many events including Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and Brighton Fringe Festival. He was a poetical representative of Brighton’s City of Culture Bid, and has won poetry slam contests around the UK.
Rapunzel is one of only a few professional performance poets accepted by the Scottish Book Trust to run workshops under their Live Literature Funding scheme. He has organised workshops for Lemon Tree Writers, Aberdeen Writers’ Circle, and Spring Tides poetry group. These have varied in content, but have all used techniques to aid the creative processes and help provide inspiration for writers.
He has also run a workshop for children from Loriston Primary as part of the Scottish Book Week event “100 authors in 100 libraries.”
In the past, Rapunzel has run workshops in the Brighton Fringe Festival, and at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton for the general public. Some of these included individual one to one sessions.
Rapunzel has been a member of the committee team for Aberdeen Wordfringe Festival. In this role he coordinated with other team members to help liaise with Local Authority Arts Officers, identify new funding streams, design publicity material, and find and match acts with venues.
After a couple of years as a member of the committee team Rapunzel became the chair of the Aberdeen Wordfringe Festival, for the 2009 event. This role entailed a range of responsibilities. Rapunzel had to help initiate and facilitate word based art projects that would make up the month long programme of events. In part this involved creating and maintaining links with interested local writing groups, and with the wider community in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.