About Me

Poet by day, Boxer by night.

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Greetings, I’m Matt ‘man’ Windle: Birmingham’s #PoetWithPunch.

Working full time across England as a spoken word poet to deliver workshops, performances & boxercise classes to schools, libraries, foster homes, young offenders, residential care homes and various other establishments whilst simultaneously fighting at a national level as a boxer. I have been fortunate enough to have also had the chance to work and fight abroad. I’ve fought for the Midland Counties & England select in Ireland – both north and south. – Worked at schools as far away as Indonesia and Malaysia whilst not forgetting performances that I have done in Germany and Austria.

I am a qualified ABA England boxing coach and I attempt to mix the unusual blend of boxing and poetry to break stereotypes and to prove that people can be as diverse & unique as they want to be.

There is no set age range as I have held workshops with reception children as young as 4 and with elderly residents in care homes, although I predominantly work with teenagers.

The benefits of my poetry workshops include:

  • Confidence building
  • Cooperation and teamwork skills
  • Breaking stereotypes (as does the boxercise)
  • Encourages performance
  • Improvement of writing ability
  • Giving young people an outlet and a voice
  • Enhancing vocabulary and rhyming skills
  • Having fun with English, words & poetry!!

(In the spring of 2014 I worked with 21, year 9, male students over a 6 week period that were all underachieving in English due to a lack of enthusiasm and confidence. By the end of the project, 16 of the 21 students were hitting or surpassing their predicted C grade target.)

The benefits of boxercise sessions are:

  • It teaches respect and discipline
  • Self-defence
  • Helps to build confidence
  • Encourages healthy eating
  • Improves fitness
  • Teaches that boxing is an art form, the same way that poetry is an art form
  • The rhythm, timing and beats used in poetry and boxing are the same
  • There’s a juxtaposition between poetry an boxing where two contrasting art forms can in fact share similar qualities

Past achievements include:

  • Birmingham Young Poet Laureate 2007/8
  • 2012 Olympic Torchbearer
  • A ‘face’ of the new Library of Birmingham
  • Tolkien cluster leadership awards winner
  • 4x Birmingham & Midland boxing champion in 3 different weight categories
  • Nationally ranked top 8 boxer

I have a fully advanced CRB/DBS certificate & public liability insurance.

For booking enquiries involving poetry workshops, performances, boxercise, event hosting or commissioned pieces please contact my twitter page @mattwindlepoet or via email on poetwithpunch@hotmail.com

27 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Nixon Smith Says:

    Hey Matt, i’m liking you new website, glad to see you’re doing so well!

  2. Garry Duffield Says:

    Keep up the good work Matt. Liking the website.

    I have watched you in the ring, but have yet to see you on stage.
    So I’ll be keeping my eye on the forth coming gigs.

    All the very best for the future.

  3. Hi Matt. Im the taxi driver who took you to Digbeth station the other today. It was great to chat and learn about your enthusiasm for working with kids and encouraging them. Well done and good luck with your work.

  4. hey matt,

    you came to our school christ church primary in sparbrook and you met year six and year two also i LOVED your poetry

  5. Hey Matt, You came to my school (Severnvale) today. I loved your poems espically the christmas one 🙂 You have really changed my views about poetry and showed me that it can be interesting and fun 😀 All the best for the future.

  6. Aaradhya bearwood 6m Says:

    hey Matt,
    Remember bearwood primary school? Did you like the last class you went to 6m? Well I think your AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. ive got some Poems for you if you want them mate?

  8. Shannon Fitzpatrick Says:

    hey Matt

    You visited my school today (Haybridge High School). I am a big fan of all sorts of poetry, and currently working a few of my own. I think it’s great what your doing, convincing young people that you can express your emotion through poetry and that it’s not boring. From a young age i have been a fan of rap and rhyming. Also a big fan of boxing too, i’ll look out for you in events too.

    keep up the good woork. Amazing poetry skills too!!!

    Just HITTIN up your webby.
    Kind Regards

    Mr Right x

  10. Sean Queenan Says:

    Hi Matt, Thanks for your workshop today at South Yardley Library. Mommy and I really enjoyed the afternoon and could not believe that writing a poem was that much fun. I was the boy in the Blues shirt! Keep Right On! Enjoy Wembley!

  11. Hi Matt Windle, I really enjoyed the poetry & rap workshop that you did today at South Yardley library and I have watched you on Youtube. I like rappin an dancin too I’ll see you soon from you friend Stu.

  12. Hiya Matt, your workshop today at South Yardley Library was awesome I really liked it. Hope I see ya again.

  13. Heloo matt , you came to my school yesterday (shire oak ) your peoms aree brill , i thnk we all learnt alot from you about school ect bu i was just wondering wha is the peom were the one line sed when i turned around and told the science teacher to kiss my arsee ? i any want to no because i want to read it 2 my mom ,
    thank youu ,
    Olivia Owen
    Y8 xx

    • Thankyou Oilivia I’m glad you enjoyed it. the line is ‘I definitely wouldn’t turn around and tell the science teacher to kiss my … bum!’ And it is called ‘If I went back to school’

  14. hello matt ;D, you come into our school dormston high school yesterday, all of the school enjoyed itt:D<3

  15. Shauna Louise Says:

    Really enjoyed hearing your poems at Ludlow CE, they were AMAZING!!

  16. Caitlin Says:

    Hiya 🙂 Thanks for coming to my school,(Lord Silkin) I’ve always liked poetry but you made it even more fun for me and my friends!
    One of my favourite poet’s is Robert Frost, But your my favourite 1# favourite!

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