Nigel Planer has toured the country as a performance poet, appearing with (among others) Henry Normal, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Martin Newell, Owen O’Neill, Lemn Sissay and John Cooper Clarke, and including performances at most Literary Festivals, Radio 4’s Stanza, and the Purcell Room at the Festival Hall in London. His poetry has previously been published in The Guardian and numerous anthologies, as well as the collection Unlike the Buddha [Jackson’s Arm, 1997].
Nigel was an original member of the Comedy Store and Comic Strip at the centre of the ‘Alternative Comedy’ movement of the 1980s, and a star of the TV series The Comic Strip Presents… and The Young Ones. His hit single, ‘Hole in My Shoe’, won a Brit Award in 1985. He has written three novels, several plays, TV and radio scripts, and over 100 episodes of The Magic Roundabout for Channel 4.
Nigel's first collection in over 25 years, Making Other Plans, is out now.