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Through your blood by Toby Campion


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Commended poems featured in the Forward Anthology 2018.

Through your blood talks us along a deeply personal yet undeniably relatable journey, through a turbulent adolescence into adulthood. Refreshingly frank, perceptive and funny, these poems are psalms of identity, broken tradition and desperation sung from the back lanes of a Midlands city.

Born and raised in the Midlands, Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.

Toby’s poetry has been selected to represent the UK at numerous international conferences and events including Capturing Fire: International Queer Poetry Summit, the 18th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, the Paris Poetry World Cup and Next Generation Speaks. Director of UniSlam and Resident Artist at Camden’s prestigious Roundhouse, Toby was one of the first resident poets of the River Thames.

“These are poems with an easy intimacy; Campion speaks to the reader about childhood, discovery of sexuality, place and young adulthood with striking
humour, wit and honesty” - Andrew McMillan

“Toby Campion’s poetry is smart, witty and brilliantly delivered” - Jonathan Ross

“The voice of a generation” - BBC Sunday Politics