Nick Toczek

Photo by Gaynor Toczek, November 2012

Photo by Gaynor Toczek, November 2012

Nick Toczek is a writer and performer working variously as poet, journalist, magician, vocalist, lyricist and radio broadcaster. He founded his poetry magazine The Little Word Machine, co-founded Moseley Community Arts Festival, and toured with his music and poetry troupe, The Stereo Graffiti Show. Moving back to Bradford in 1977, he co-founded the seminal music fanzine The Wool City Rocker and formed the band Ulterior Motives, in which he was lyricist and lead vocalist. Since the mid-’90s, his collections of children’s poetry including ‘The Dragon Who Ate Our School’ have seen him become a best-selling children’s writer. By 2011, Toczek had worked as a visiting writer in thousands of schools, visiting dozens of countries worldwide in the course of this work. He continues to publish books and release CDs. His book on anti-Semitism, Haters, Baiters and Would-Be Dictators, will be published by Routledge in April 2015, and a collection of his best dragon poems will soon be published by Caboodle Books.

Nick is writer-in-residence at Appleton Academy, Bradford.

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