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David Bateman is a people-friendly performance poet with a knack for getting silly and serious at the same time.

He was winner of the Edinburgh Performance Poetry Competition 1990, and nominated as Best New Writing Talent in the Liverpool Echo Arts & Entertainment Awards 1996.

Workshops and performance

David appears regularly with the Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool, and has given professional performances throughout Britain, from Cornwall and London to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

David has led workshops with adults and children in schools, community centres, libraries and youth clubs throughout Merseyside.

He is a tutor in Poetry and Creative Writing for Liverpool University at the Centre for Continuing Education, and on several other Adult Education programmes.

David works with pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3.

"Merseyside's most popular performance poet."
Merseyside Arts Monthly

"There is real emotion in each piece, even underneath the cutting comic mood. We have got to admire this man's honesty and his ability. Every critic and editor's nightmare, and every reader's dream. All we can hope is that he comes to recite at a pub near us very soon."
The Big Issue

"David Bateman's poems come directly from the pub, the music-hall and the street.
He's a kind of top-gear Gavin Ewart on the top deck of a local bus."
Ian McMillan

"Seriously hysterical poetry- a genuinely amusing and frank entertainer."
City & Guild Gazette