Michelle Madsen is an award-winning poet and journalist. She founded the London branch of Hammer and Tongue, the UK’s largest slam poetry network and has featured on stages in four continents. She has performed at the Bowery Poetry Cafe, Latitude, Hay-on-Wye, the Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Glastonbury. Michelle also teaches creative writing with First Story. In 2013 she took her show I’m Sorry I Haven’t Haiku, the world’s first and possibly last ever poetry panel game, to the Edinburgh Festival. She has opened for Kate Tempest and interviewed many odd people, including Tony Blair, Ronnie Wood and the president of Guinea.
Michelle writes about science, love, spiders, baking and corruption. She lives on a houseboat on a canal in London and her debut collection of poetry, Alternative Beach Sports, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2014.