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!)
Check out this *NEW POEM* from my new book for children, Make Some Noise. ‘Feel Some Noise’ was written by me with a British Sign Language performance created and performed by children and the teaching staff at Mellers’ Primary School’s Focus Provision Class. Wooooo hoo! Children feature with permission from school and families. I am so proud of this video! I hope you like seeing it…..
Click here: Feel Some Noise
In other news, I am very excited to say that I also have a new poetry book, ‘Yes Life’, out with Flapjack Press now… and have loved being on tour!
I performed this poetry events in Liverpool, London, Leeds, Leicester, Peterborough, Huddersfield, Hexham, Rochester, Preswich and Manchester (many times in my home city!)
This book (and all my others for adult readers, plus the ‘Dragon’ series story poem books for younger readers) are avilable through the awesome Flapjack Press
Oh, and here is the cover (drawn by me!) for the new book for children!
Thank you, Big Imaginations
Find out more about the children’s show and book https://dominicberry.net/trolls/
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‘.
Before the first lockdown, here were some of my 2020 tour dates
This follows an amazing time I had performing my show at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe – ‘I Can Make You Fail Slightly Less‘.
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.
No Tigers 2016 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
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.