Tommy Sissons- How to make it in poetry

In the run up to somewhereto_Hatch A Plan: London, we caught up with Tommy Sissons, a poet and playwright who has been telling us how he got to where he is.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a 20-year-old poet and playwright currently studying at Goldsmiths University. I like to explore the themes of youth culture, working class pride and what it means to be a man. Clients of mine include the BBC, Channel 4, Red Bull and the V&A Museum. My debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’ is due to be published in the next couple of months.


What made you get into poetry?

I’ve always written in some form or another. I started writing poetry in primary school and got into spoken word by listening to people like John Cooper Clarke and Gil Scott-Heron when I was about 16. I signed up to a slam, did better than I expected and since then I’ve taken writing seriously as my career.


What’s been your best moments since you started slamming?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with incredible people and projects. Writing for companies such as BBC Radio 1, Channel 4 and Red Bull has been amazing but I’ve also loved frequenting poetry nights around the country, sharing my work and supporting others as well. There’s never a dull moment in the poetry community.


Tommy Sissons


What do you plan on giving to Hatch A Plan London?

A workshop in spoken word. I hope that by the end of it, the students will be more confident in their creative writing and feel that they have discovered a new medium to express themselves through.


What’s the one piece of advice you would give yourself five years ago?

Be patient and don’t worry about anything. Everything falls into place in time.

If you want to hear more from Tim and loads of other inspirational speakers get your ticket to somewhereto_Hatch A Plan: London!