Hi, my name’s Mark.


I’m a writer and performer based in Peterborough in the UK. I used to be an English teacher and Head of Year and a lot of my work is designed for teenagers/young adults/teachers/children. I write poems like this:


I also compete in rap battles like this:


and I produce educational content for the BBC like this (click the image and it’ll take you through to the vid):

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Over the years that I’ve been writing and performing I’ve won countless slams, titles and awards for my work, along with two Webby awards for my online poetry videos and have gained over 30 million views for my work to date. Recent commissions include work for The Royal Institute, Channel 4, Film4, Red Bull and Google. I also recently fronted Redbull’s documentary series ‘Mark Grist battles the World,’ where I explored hip hop culture across The Philippines. I’m really proud of what we produced (you can check it out here).

I love writing and performing and making documentaries that explore the different ways we've found to communicate with each other. I also love visiting schools all over the world and helping teachers to find new ways to engage their students. When I'm not writing, touring or walking my dog Boo I also make educational videos for my Youtube channel (which you can find here).

I really hope you enjoy looking around the website. Please feel free to get in touch if there's something you'd like to talk about. I'm always keen to hear about any commissions/projects you're working on. No job is too big or too small and I love visiting schools/helping out charitable organisations when I can.