Meet the man behind the one liners
Based in Paignton, Robert Garnham is a spoken word artist who takes his stand-up style prose to fringes and events across the world - headlining at Bang Said the Gun (London), Evidently (Manchester), Hammer and Tongue (Bristol/Brighton), Duplex (New York) and the King Kong Klub (Berlin). Following a run at summer fringe festivals, he's just released a new book of suburban poems, so it was time to meet the man behind the one liners.
Robert Garnham's high energy performance poetry comes with a punchline that immediately resonates with his audience. Look behind the laughs and these short poems have a serious undercurrent dealing with social representation and LGBT issues. It's thought that performance poetry can reduce stress, boost confidence and alleviate mental health issues. It certainly seems to have had an incredible impact on Robert's world.
Since taking part in his first performance at Blue Walnut cafe, he has won slams across the UK, been long listed for the Saboteur Awards / Spoken Word Artist of the Year and his one hour show Static featured at 2017 festivals in Bath, Guildford and the Edinburgh Fringe. Notably, The Guardian and The Telegraph spotlighted Robert in their top one-liners of Edinburgh Festival.
Robert is also now a published author too, having been picked up by indie punk, Burning Eye Books. His latest book of suburban poems, titled 'Zebra', was written right here in Torbay and describes familiar places in new ways. From trains and buses to pubs and supermarket, this new collection of poems finds a sparky humour that unites us all.