Poet by day and professional boxer by night, Matt ‘man’ Windle – Birmingham’s current Poet Laureate – is known as the ‘Poet with Punch.’
By day, Matt works both nationally and internationally in schools, prisons, PRU’s, care homes, businesses and various other establishments with the intention of inspiring people of all ages through poetry and creative writing.
He delivers sessions known as ‘Poetry with Punch’ which combine the two opposing outlets of poetry and boxercise in order to break stereotypes and to give people a voice through written and physical expression whilst by night, training at Henrietta Street gym for upcoming professional fights.
Black Country born, Birmingham-based Photographer and Photography Tutor. Specialises in “people photography” and has exhibited worldwide. He has taught at Solihull and Stratford colleges and runs a successful photography club. Co-founded the Birmingham Instagram Group and ran the first “iphoneography” course in the UK.
David also has a BA (Hons) First Class in Photography and an MA in Fine Art as well as being a former Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).
Cat De Block
Cat is a qualified teacher of further education and a qualified dance teacher. She has been teaching for 17 years in theatres, dance schools, PGCE teachers and primary & secondary schools across the country.
Teaching a range of dance styles she is able to bring out hidden talents and raise confidence through her excellent rapport with students and teachers alike. Every dance session is fun, engaging and full of encouragement to dancers of all abilities.
Jonny Amos is a Songwriter / Producer with 20 years of experience in the music business and a catalogue of songs and instrumentals which are active across 4 continents. With a background as a recording artist (Red Star Rebels, The Maker Band, Jonny Amos Band), a session player and an A&R consultant, Jonny’s established himself as a go-to Songwriter and Producer for numerous territories around the world which has led to many of his songs charting and being placed in TV shows and Film. Jonny is also the Creative Director at Birmingham based song company The SongLab. Jonny’s workshop delivery is in Songwriting, Music Technology, Band Building and the Music Business.
I can’t believe the impact that [Poetry with Punch] has had on the students. It has really helped them come out of their shell and grow in confidence. I am amazed at how it has helped some of them in terms of ability to remember.