Brendan Hawthorne

Mastered: Poetry
Location: Sandwell

Brendan Hawthorne’s Black Country background has forged his attitude to writing and performing poetry. Sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes delicate and poignant, his work examines the range of human experience from factory gates via 1970's tower blocks to the survival of humour in modern times either in standard English or his beloved Black Country dialect.

"Throughout those years he has selflessly inspired, encouraged and enabled other writers through workshops, mentoring and facilitating performance spaces to bring spoken word and acoustic music to audiences culminating in a much loved and well attended monthly showcase at Wednesbury Library.” Comments Brendan’s 100 Masters nominator. “Brendan has empowered people with learning difficulties and barriers to learning to work with creative writing processes and has designed various means of creative thinking processes.”

He is a co-founder of Poetry Wednesbury and regularly performs at pubs, clubs and festivals. He has even been known to perform his work at Edwardian bandstands, on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, churches and shop doorways, as well as Birmingham Rep Door Theatre. His work has become a fixture in public art projects and he regularly comperes shows at Wednesbury Town Hall and at other prestigious events!

Brendan is a regular author for Bradwell Books and following the success of his play 'Hard Graft - All for twenty three bob' is now considered to be a playwright as well as poet and songwriter.

See Brendan's website here