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Lydia Towsey

Poet & Performer.

Lydia Towsey is a poet & performer with a Masters in Creative Writing and a devilish cat called, Jones.

Previous commissions include: Freedom Showcase (Literature Network); Spoken Word All Stars Tour (Poet in the City) & Beyond Words — U.K. tour of four South African poets, including Keorapetse Kgositsile, South African Poet Laureate (Apples and Snakes) and Sole to Soul (University of Leicester). In 2008 she was one of 50 international artists in residence, at Stratford Theatre Royal.

In 2011 she won a Decibel commission. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. Her experiences include, speaking at the House of Lords, performing at London’s 100 Club & presenting at Plymouth University’s Zombie Symposium. She has performed solo and with numerous other artists including, John Hegley, Michael Horovitz, Kat Francois, Pete Brown and Tongue Fu.

She has been published by The London Magazine, Hearing Voices and Magma Magazine, amongst others. She is forthcoming in New Departures’, Great Grandchildren of Albion; Bloodaxe Books’, Raving Beauties anthology and Candlestick Press’ acclaimed ‘10 Poems about…’ series. Her full length collection, ‘The Venus Papers’ will be published by Burning Eye Books in 2015.

In 2015 Lydia is UK touring with Three the Hard Way alongside Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE & Shruti Chauhan – whilst working on a number of other projects, including a one woman show, based on The Venus Papers with renaissance one. For the last two years, she has been posing as an artist model…

For bookings and/or more information please email her at

'Reading the Body: A Woman Arrives in the 21st Century' image credit, Scott Bridgwood.

‘Reading the Body: A Woman Arrives in the 21st Century’ image credit, Scott Bridgwood.


On Lydia

“I love the way her performances convey specifically female experiences without pulling any punches at males (or other deserving targets) but also without making at least one male feel entirely at home with their concrete & constantly entertainingly authenticity.” ~ Michael Horovitz OBE

“Lydia Towsey is an imaginative poet and performer who carefully crafts her work for both the page and the stage. Her work is a pleasure to read and a joy to watch.” ~ Kevin Fegan

“Absolutely spectacular…the audience were in the palm of her hand.”
~ Jo Ivie, Producer & Graham Henderson, CEO, Poet in the City.

“Lydia Towsey’s effervescent poetry bubbles with wry observations and quick-witted delights; these are genuine and big-hearted poems, loaded with charm. That isn’t to say her poems lack an edge; far from it, with their mix of sensual, serious and thoughtful subject matter; Towsey’s playfulness also belies an attentiveness to the sound and shape and rhythm of her poems, making them immediate, aloud and alive.” ~ Jane Commance, Nine Arches Press, Editor.

“One of the new, intriguing voices of her time.’ ~ Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, MBE.

On ‘The Venus Papers.’

“Eloquent, witty, rhythmically tight…these poems are wry yet also compassiona
te, curious…there’s an impressive control here.” ~ David Belbin.

“She manages to locate the story in a contemporary setting and it speaks to a modern audience. I applaud the achievement.” ~ Mahendra Solanki.

“Lydia Towsey – the hardest working women in show business. ‘What if I could cast a spell’ – serious piece”.
~ Micheal Brome.


You can hear a recording of ‘Love Poem to a Polar Bear’ HERE

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