Alain English lives in London, but is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied publishing at Robert Gordon’s University but his real education was on Aberdeen’s stage. He moved to London in 2005 to do a diploma in Screen Acting and in 2007 took up performance poetry, building on the speech and drama skills he learned in Aberdeen.
He found an advert for an open-mic in Whitechapel and then began open-micing across London. He has since featured at many nights and poetry slams across London and the UK, including two Apples and Snakes features. He also features regularly with Kat Francois and Survivor’s Poetry and now hosts his own night, Paper Tiger Poetry, at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall.
Alain’s writing covers many themes and topics including Asperger’s Syndrome/mental illness, unemployment and even the odd poem about snooker. His favourite poets include Oscar Wilde, Alfred Noyes and the master William Shakespeare.