Welcome to my website!
My name is Dominic Berry. I write poems for adults and for children.
I won the 2020 Saboteur award for Best Spoken Word Artist.
I was also 2017 winner of Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Artist award, and the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence (rebooked for Glastonbury 2022!)
I have a new poetry book, ‘Yes Life’, out with Flapjack Press now, and I am on tour!
I’ll be performing at poetry events in Liverpool, Leeds, London, Leicester, Peterborough, Huddersfield, Hexham, Rochester, Preswich and Manchester (many times in my home city!) – further details to follow!
Check this lovely review of my recent rural tour of my poetry shows for children!
Before that, I had toured London’s Half Moon, Wigan Old Courts, Salford Arts Theatre, Widnes Studio, Goole Library, Halifax Square Chapel and many other places with my verse for children and adults. Summer saw a great set of performances, including Kendal Calling Festival, and a 14 date run of my poetry shows at The Lowry.
Other highlights of 2022 have been:
- a short story for children published in Tales of The Brave, The Bold and the Beautiful, edited by Sophie Willan, created with Stories of Care and Manchester University. (“Fantastic… Highly recommended.” Jacqeline Wilson
- my director’s debut with Oliver Syke‘s debut children’s show, ‘Alfie’s First Fight’, touring libraries and boxing clubs this year. I am currently thrilled to be directing the follow-up by Oli, ‘Fishing for Rainbows‘.
I had plenty of dates for my tour of my previous book for young readers with Flapjack Press – ‘Dommy B’s Best Adventure Ever’! Here were just some of the 2022 show tour dates where I performed the story.
In 2021, I mostly performed online (Due to a certain global situation beyond my control!). Here is a selection of some of my poetry for children I did…
Before the first lockdown, here were some of my 2020 tour dates
This follows an amazing time I had performing two of my shows at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe – ‘When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish‘ and ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less‘.
See ‘Trolls’ audience reviews here!
See ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less’ audience reviews here!
Here is a fuller review of ‘When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish‘ from 2019 Ed Fringe!
and here is another review of the same show; 4 STARS from One4Review!
I have been writing poems professionally for many-a-year now…
Check out my Glastonbury Festival verse I created for my residency with them, including my appearance performing live on BBC2
Here are some of the places I toured in 2018, with my previous adult show No Tigers (Known in its earlier versions as Playing Mortal Kombat Guarantees You Inner Calm)
Also in this year, my poetry was featured in an amazing collection from Bad Betty, ‘The Dizziness of Freedom’, alongside such awesome poets as Dean Atta, Dizraeli, Lemn Sissay MBE, Jackie Hagan, Maria Ferguson, Salena Godden, Rob Auton and an absolute load of other exquisite talent with whom I’m honoured to be sharing pages.
UK tour of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’
A collaboration between Arts Council England, Z Arts, Big Imaginations and Action Transport Theatre, this is my fifth poetry theatre show for children aged 5+ and their families.
Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port (2 shows, 10am and 1pm) – details here
St Helens Citadel (2pm) – details here
Burnley Youth Theatre (11am) – details here
Heysham Library, Lancashire – THIS DATE NOW SOLD OUT
Harris Library, Preston (2pm) – details here
The Brindley, Runcorn (1.30pm and 4.30pm) – details here
Eastwood Theatre, Glasgow (11am) – details here
Turnpike, Leigh, Wigan (1pm) – details here
Z Arts, Manchester (2.30pm) – details here
Castle Carrock, Cumbria (1.30pm) – details here
Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Cumbria (6.30pm) – details here
Memorial Church Hall, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (2pm) – details here
Bardon Mill and Henshaw Village Hall. Cumbria (4pm) – details here
Blacon Library, Cheshire (6.30pm) – details here
Handforth Library, Cheshire (3pm) – details here
No Tigers international tour:
CANADA, JANUARY 2016
8th St Catharine’s, Mahtay Cafe
9th, Niagara Falls, QEW
13th Peterborough, Spill Cafe
15th London, Ontario
UK, FEBRUARY 2016
16th Petersfield, Hampshire
20th Maryport, Cumbria
UK, MARCH 2016
10th, Newcastle, Alphabetti Theatre
12th Millom, Beggar’s Theatre
16th, London, Leicester Square
25th, Manchester, 3MT
UK, APRIL 2016
1st, Glasgow, Eastwood Theatre
Children’s poetry tour:
7th HULL, FREEDOM FESTIVAL
5th ILKLEY, LITERATURE FESTIVAL
18th RAINHILL LIBRARY
18th CHESTER LANE LIBRARY
18th ST HELENS CENTRAL LIBRARY
28th CHORLTON, THE EDGE
29th BURY, THE MET
30th ELLESMERE PORT, WHITBY HALL
31st BERKSHIRE, SOUTH HILL PARK STUDIO THEATRE
8th CALDER VALE, VILLAGE HALL
10th CUMBRIA, INVISIBLE ORCHARD
11th GLASGOW, EASTWOOD THEATRE
Dominic wins …
Superheroes Of Slam, hosted by the Manchester Literature Festival
Dominic Berry’s ‘Pulse’…
Dominic performs award-winning set at ‘Not Part Of’ festival in Kro Bar, Manchester.