Hi. My name’s Mark.
I’m a writer and performer based in Peterborough in the UK. I mostly write poetry, rap and educational content for teenagers. Over the past ten years I’ve won countless slams, titles and awards for my work, (along with two International Webby Awards) and have gained over 30 million views for my work to date. I starred in Channel 4’s ‘Mr Drew’s School for Boys’ and RedBull TV’s ‘Mark Grist battles the World’ and I’m currently making a podcast series called ‘Mark Can’t Rap.’
I used to be a secondary school English teacher and a lot of my work is designed for teenagers/young adults/teachers/children. I write poems like this:
I compete in International rap battles like this:
and I produce educational content for the BBC like this piece below (click the image and it’ll take you through to the vid):
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,’ which involved me exploring 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.