iFILM LONDON TV interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 14, 2015 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Matt 'man' Windle on iFL TV

Here is my first ever interview with Kugan Cassius from iFILM LONDON TV.

We’re talking boxing, poetry and professional debut.

Please click the link to watch.

#PoetWithPunch

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Poetry with Punch!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2015 by Matt 'Man' Windle

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For years and years people have said to me ‘A poet and a boxer? What an odd combination.’

So I’ve decided to do just that – combine them!

I always looked at myself as a ‘poet by day, boxer by night’ but over the past 12 months I have been taking my boxing knowhow in to my poetry workshops (when requested.)

As a former Young Poet Laureate of Birmingham and a qualified Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) boxing coach the main purpose of bringing these two contrasting art forms together is to help break stereotypes, install discipline and build confidence. So the first 3 (ish) hours of the day are dedicated to writing poetry, rhyming and performance like any of my usual workshops. The final hour or two after lunch however is dedicated to boxing. I run a Boxercise session with the class and teach them the basics and fundamentals of boxing whilst always drawing comparisons from the mornings poetry session such as rhythm, repetition and juxtaposition.

If you would like a more in depth discussion about this workshop or if you believe that something like this would be beneficial for your class then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Testimonials will be added soon!

Me and AKALA

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Saturday the 21st I’m back at the Birmingham Library Theatre in town having the privilege of introducing MOBO award winning rap star AKALA. It starts at 5pm (so get there just before) and it will finish at 6pm. So just come and chill for an hour or so. I hope to see you there!

Trip to Germany and Austria

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Friday 6th May I’m flying over to Germany to perform some of my poetry. Me and some local artists will also be getting the train over to Austria for a performance. I’ll keep you up to date with how the trip goes!

Severn Vale

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Today I was back in Gloucester  holding a follow on session with Severn Vale’s year 10s. This time we analysed other artist’s word play and looked in to the deeper meaning behind the simple definition. They then ended the session by writing about what poetry is to them. I’m back there again on Tuesday!

I AM…Matt Windle

Posted in Boxing, Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , on May 4, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

A friend of mine and an up and coming video artist named Courtney Salmon has started a company named ‘CS visuals’ and he is creating an ‘I AM’ series featuring local artists. Thankfully I have been included as one of these artists and here is a quick little interview with me about what I want to do with my future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7vbcF8AH4Q&feature=channel_video_title

BBC WM

Posted in Inspiration, Poetry with tags , , , on May 4, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

On bank holiday Monday, the 2nd of May, I was up bright and early for an interview at  BBC WM. We we’re talking about the best ways to discipline children. If you missed it and would like to listen then please click this link. I come on after about 1 hour 15 minutes and 30 seconds of the show so just skip to that time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00gbddv/Phil_Upton__Breakfast_02_05_2011/