“Simon is our timekeeper. Our watch watcher. The admin overlord. He’s taken minutes on every conversation he’s ever had, and catalogued them meticulously. Guest poets, don’t over-run your set! Simon is Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent. His first one man show ‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’ was funded by the Arts Council to tour nationally as a residency project in 2012/13. Shows at Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome sold out, earning 4.5 stars in a Huffington Post review.”
Deanna is the (self-)designated team captain of Chill Pill as she came up with the name. She has performed as a poet and actor at Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall and many theatres and venues around the UK. She is the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007) and a World Slam Finalist (2008). She co-produces spoken word night Come Rhyme With Me and is in collectives: Point Blank Poets and Keats House Poets. She is poet-director of Podium Poets (Spread the Word) and leads spoken word and drama workshops. Fact.
Poetry saved Ray’s life. When he’s not reading poetry, he’s reading poetry. Ray knows some good words… and some bad words. He’s been featured in The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 and is currently Poet In Residence at Cardinal Pole Secondary School. He is the Anti-Slam Champion 2010 and the Farrago International Championship Slam 2008. Ray’s book (Shapes & Disfigurements) is published by Burning Eye Books. See his poetry videos, read his travel stories, interviews and see his photography at:
Mr. Gee is our grumpy DJ, known for imposing his obscure sound effects on unsuspecting artists. If you had a false leg he’d kick it out from under you. Gee is also the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Bespoken Word’ and ‘Rhyme and Reason’, as well as regularly appearing on ‘Saturday Live’. Gee supported Russell Brand on the “Scandalous” Tour and was the first performance poet to do a set at the O2, in front of 17,000 people!
Chill Pill’s newest member, Adam is the team’s rapping, giggling yeti-hermit-dinosaur hybrid. Every collective should have one. He likes doing things differently, sometimes in an accent not his own. He is the Hammer And Tongue National Slam Champ 2012, the Hackney Slam Champion 2011 and the Brighton Slam Champion 2010. He gets around, having written and performed for the BBC’s Natural History Unit, the British Arts Council in Poland, at Glastonbury, Latitude and countless other festivals, in Ireland and New York. Check him out.