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Cameron is a Barbican Young Poet as well as a member of BAR. They are a Mancunian who has found themselves down south. As such, they long to feel the rain upon their face for 2/3rds of the year. Such positivity has found its way into their poetry, where they often address mental health, childhood and pop culture.

Their stage poetry seeks to defy expectation, push the limits of performance and break down the barriers between poet and crowd.

They are also the current poet-in-residence for UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity.

In case it’s escaped your notice, they refer to themselves with gender-neutral pronouns. This is because Cameron identifies as non-binary/trans. They often address this in their work and are usually happy to talk about it.

Outside of poetry, they like to box and drink Pepsi. Not at the same time, obviously.

Highlights

  • A performance at Curious Festival, for which I had written a poem in Anglo Saxon and was accompanied by a small Jazz band. I named us Sax ‘N’ Tongue.
  • Barbican Weekender, producing work in response to UVAs Momentum exhibition.
  • Part of the team responsible for curating National Poetry Day 2014 at the Southbank Centre.
  • Had a poem commissioned and recorded for the Wellcome Collection.
  • Finalist in the International Limerick Competition 2014, held in its birthplace.
  • Longlisted for the erbacce press prize 2016.
  • Nominated for the first Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.

Why ‘The Regent of Razzmatazz’?
A title chose for a number of reasons:

  1. I have an inflated sense of self
  2. It’s a gender-neutral title
  3. It implies that I am not the ruler of razzmatazz, merely its caretaker until it comes of age
  4. It explains the blue hair and bright clothes

 

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