Simon Mole is a London-based spoken word poet, with an eye for the often overlooked in the everyday.
Simon was the first ever Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent, and was recently a performing guest on The Verb for BBC Radio 3. His first one man show Indiana Jones and the extra chair was funded by the Arts Council to tour nationally as a residency project in 2012/13. Shows at Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome sold out, earning 4.5 stars in the Huffington Post.
Simon is one fifth of the Chill Pill Collective, curating and performing at hugely popular poetry nights at the Albany, where Simon is an associate artist.
He also co-leads the Keats’ House Poets Forum for City of London. Recent residencies have seen him working with the porters at Guys Hospital, with primary school children on the South Kilburn estate, and with teenagers at the Guildhall Museum. Commissioned poetry by Simon can now be found in all of these locations.
Simon has a wide range of experience across London and the south-east working in schools, youth clubs, and pupil referral units, as well as at Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of Jonzi-D Production’s ‘Hip Hop Hospital’ project. He gives young people the opportunity to develop new creative-expressive skills and his workshops are proven to increase the confidence and communication skills of the participants.
Alongside these inter-personal skills, Simon’s main strength is his ability to use his art-form to facilitate curriculum-based-learning. He has worked with Creative Partnerships on many successful projects using hip hop and poetry to inspire children’s learning in subjects as diverse as Maths, English, Geography and PSHE/citizenship.