Ben Norris is an actor and writer

In 2013 he became the UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion and has since performed his spoken-word across the country, from Latitude Festival to the Royal Albert Hall, completing commissions for the Southbank Centre and IdeasTap and appearing several times on BBC Radio 3. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Nasty Little Press in 2014 and last year his debut one-man show, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family’, won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is touring the UK in autumn 2016.

He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, before which he studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

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  1. Hello Ben – it’s Sue of the pseudo healing hands here! I saw your piece for John on Youtube – it is so wonderful, articulates everything brilliantly! Didn’t know how else to let you know, so had to do a bit of cyber-stalking to find you! All best x

    • Thank you, Sue! I’m so glad you like it. You were a big inspiration, of course; your company on that day, and the conversations we had, were amazing. So thank you for that also. (And this isn’t cyber-stalking, don’t worry – I have a website for a reason!)

      All my best,

      Ben x

  2. Hiya, thanks for the great poetry evening yesterday at the Tobacco Factory (Bristol)! We really enjoyed – specially your poem about your “future granny” – lol 😁 genius!

    • Hi Marisa,

      Thank you! Yep, my nan is a particular favourite among audiences. I often think that she should perform herself.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the gig. Thanks for coming!

      Best wishes,

      Ben

  3. I have to recite a poem for a competition soon and looking for inspiration I stumbled upon your roundhouse poetry performance and loved it.
    It has helped me a lot and given me a lot to think about, so thank you so much.
    Jasmine 15.
    p.s I have tried to find it online but can’t, is that on purpose or am i just not looking hard enough?

  4. Heyy Ben,

    My name is Marion and I live in the United States. I’m a spoken word junkie and one day I somehow found myself watching the Roundhouse slam in the deep dark corners of American Youtube. Your poem Gravity is amazing. Since then, Roundhouse’s youtube page has made it unavailable to Americans though. I was wondering if you could upload a video of it to your own youtube channel if you have one. It’s cool if not, but I thought that I’d ask anyway.

    Marion

    • Hi Marion,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m so glad you like the poem. You’re the second person who has contacted me about this, so I’ve been in touch with the Roundhouse and asked them to reinstate the permission to allow you to watch it in the USA. If they won’t do that, then I will try and get the video off them to stick it on my own YouTube channel; either way, I’m determined that you’ll be able to watch it again soon!

      I really appreciate your support.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

  5. Ben,
    I find myself in the same position as Jasmine — one of my students needs a piece to recite and I instantly thought of Gravity. They love the recitation on YouTube but cannot find the transcript. Also, try to make your way over to the east coast U.S.!

    • Hi Jonathan,
      It would be my pleasure. Let me know your email address and I’ll send you the transcript. Would love to come to the U.S.! Give me a few years to build a fanbase there that actually merits a tour and then I’ll be all over it!
      Best wishes,
      Ben

  6. Hello,
    I recently joined a poetry group that comprises the most supportive and accepting group of individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. As someone with a lot on my plate, I am very appreciative of their kindness. Your work is brilliant and deserves so much recognition. I was hoping to recite your piece on Gravity if that’s okay with you? It is stunning in its diction and flow and the very idea behind it.

    • Hi Shalini,

      That’s lovely to hear; I’m so glad both that you’ve found this wonderful supportive group, and that you like the poem. Of course I’d be very happy for you to recite it, and am grateful for you introducing my work to more people. I’ll email the text of Gravity to you now. I’ve just started uploading a poem a week to YouTube, which I hope to keep up for a year! I’d be really grateful for your support, so if you like my work, please share them around! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPtI0jDlO2ghV0eeasanGBUUb3rn-Fi3U

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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