Matthew West

About the Speaker

Matthew West is a poet, writer, educator and facilitator based in Southampton. Matt graduated from University of Southampton’s Creative Writing MA programme where he studied Modern poetics and produced two poetry chapbooks, Button Holes and Object to This.

Matt has headlined stages at national festivals including Larmer Tree and has featured as a guest at WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Cock ‘n’ Bull, and Southampton’s Ejector Seat and SO:FEST. He has also won poetry slams from Winchester to Edinburgh (with few places in between).

Matt’s worked for high-profile clients including the National Trust, Hampshire Cultural Trust, and The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. His poem ‘Herdwick’ was nominated for the Forward Prize in 2016 by SOUTH magazine. In 2013, Matt was appointed Southampton’s first Poet Laureate for Children.