Ben Mellor is writer, performer and facilitator who has worked in theatres, festivals, schools, colleges and prisons nationally and internationally. He has created seven touring theatre shows incorporating spoken word, storytelling, theatre, music, beatbox and vocal looping. As a facilitator and director, Ben has worked with hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds in schools, colleges, universities, theatres, community centres and prisons. He has worked in partnership with venues and organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Contact, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Manchester Literature Festival and Shakespeare Schools Festival. Ben has featured on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra, the World Service and a variety of poetry podcasts, and is a former BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion and winner of the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award. He is currently Youth Theatre Director with Collective Encounters.


Anthropoetry by Ben Mellor
Anthropoetry
adult poetry & show script
ISBN 978-0-9570141-8-3 | 48pp | 2013
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Anthropoetry [an"thro-po'ê-tre] n. A poetic, occasionally humorous journey around the human anatomy, attempting to get the measure of modern life.

Adapted from his hit show.

"An award-winning poet of political perspicacity and no little wit." - Bookslam, London's Literary Nightclub

"Simply one of the UK's most charismatic spoken word artists." - Phrased & Confused

"A talent and attitude that makes him one of the most intriguing spoken word artists out there." **** The Flaneur

"Elegantly crafted rhymes... always engaging." **** The Scotsman

"Like Jack Whitehall's older, less annoying brother... A fine body of verse." **** Broadway Baby

"Slick poetry... a particularly impressive political and lyrical bent." **** Sabotage Reviews

Cover art by KrikSix.


Light Made Solid by Ben Mellor
Light Made Solid
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9555092-8-5 | 96pp | 2010
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The debut collection from the BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion is laced and graced with the energy and ethics he brings to the stage, and includes many of the award winning poems which have propelled him to prominence.

Includes a Foreword by Gerry Potter. 

Paperback also includes Ben's 10-track CD
when purchased direct from Flapjack Press
(scroll down to purchase separately).

"A pure undiluted talent. Concentrated." - Lemn Sissay MBE, poet

"Ben has presence and poise combined with linguistic and intellectual agility." - Patrick Neate, author & Whitbread Prize winner

"Poetry with soul. Ben Mellor knows What's Goin' On." - Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, poet

Ben Mellor photo by Sam Ryley

Cover art by KrikSix.
Author photo by Sam Ryley.

Hiroshima, My Love
from Light Made Solid © Ben Mellor, 2009

He was like this alpha male particle
Who randomly crashed into me at a party, all
Promise and ambition, but that first collision
Released amorous energy equivalent to nuclear fission.
 
I felt chained to the reaction,
Forever changed by our attraction
And split, not into sub-atomic fractions,
But simply into me before, and after, our interaction.
 
In the early days he'd shower me
With praise and flowers, be they radiant roses
Like rays of sun the earth devours when days are done,
Or tulips, geraniums, cadmium red or yellow as uranium.
 
I was enriched, 235 times over.
His alchemy made heavy-water days fizz like soda.
I glowed, ablaze, irradiated, penetrated like gamma - he
Even made me begin to imagine creating a nuclear family.
 
He worshipped me like the goddess Demeter,
He said our love was too abundant to meter,
We could cheat the fallout from an atomic bomb,
Beat the apocalyptic hinterland of a nuclear winter. Man,
he was wrong.
 
For beneath a love too good to ever be, through
Grew a tumour of mutant words so meant to be true
But empty of energy. When his fuel rod was spent, waste
Mounted in underground pools too deep to be faced,
 
And when it leaked out we covered it up
With a blanket of secrets, smothered it, fucked
With forced groans that used to be felt, drowned
The sound of alarms screaming of melt-down,
 
And as our half-lives decayed, contamination
Became weapons-grade stockpiles; proliferation
Of fissile missiles made destruction mutually assured
With just a hair-trigger deterrent like Damocles' sword.
 
Mushroom storm clouds brewing a rain of ruin,
Estranged lovers ducked for cover, pressed button pursuing
A white-hot solution for cold war allies turned enemies.
All that's left is a shadow of love burned on our memories.


Light Made Solid CD by Ben Mellor
Light Made Solid CD
£3.00 Available for £2.00 in the Flapjack Shop

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Ben's debut CD features 10 poems from Light Made Solid:
Poetry Begins; On Paper; Faster Than A Speeding Poem; Little Red Riding Hoody; Love Drug; For The English To See; Hiroshima My Love; S&M; Conshuss; Television Will Not Be Revolutionised.

Available free with the paperback but also to purchase separately.


Ben performing 'Faster Than a Speeding Poem' at The Big Chill.

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.