Born in Shipley, Yorkshire, in 1950, raised there, degree in Industrial metallurgy from Birmingham University. Since graduating (1972), I have been a full-time professional writer and performer. Am married (to Gaynor) with two children (Becci & Matthew). I now work as a poet, storyteller, professional magician, puppeteer, stand-up comedian, journalist and dad.
BOOKS AND RECORDINGS BY NICK TOCZEK
Rough Pub (Not-a-Roity, Autumn â€™06) â€“ CD (with booklet) of performance poems (comic and serious) for adult readers/listeners.
Dragons! The Musical (Golden Apple, â€™05) â€“ musical: 2 books (script + songbook) + CD.
Dragons! (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€˜05) â€“ dragon poems: trilogy of past 2 books + new collection.
Selfish Men (Not-a-Rioty, Jan. â€™04) â€“ CD (with booklet) of performance poems (about male attitudes) for adult readers/listeners.
Group of Heroes (Skrev Press, Jan. â€™04) â€“ novella for adult readers.
Sleeping Beautyâ€™s Dream (Golden Apple, Sept. â€™03) â€“ pantomime: 2 books (script + songbook) + CD.
Kick It! (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™02) â€“ football poems.
Number Parade (LDA, â€™02) â€“ poems about nos.1-100 (21 by Nick, 20 each by 4 other poets).
Can Anyone Be As Gloomy As Me? (Hodder Wayland â€™00, re-published â€˜05) â€“ poems for young readers, about feeling sad.
The Dragon Who Ate Our School (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™00) â€“ dragon poems (originally published as Dragons)
Never Stare at a Grizzly Bear (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™00) â€“ animal poems.
Dragons & Gladiators (Bexley Centre for Music & Dance, â€™99) â€“ CD: Dragons Cantata (live at Royal Festival Hall).
Let Music Live (Surrey Youth Music & Performing Arts, â€™99) â€“ CD: Dragons Cantata (live at Royal Albert Hall).
The Wreckage (Redbeck Press, â€™98) â€“ poems for adult readers.
Dragons Everywhere (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™97) â€“ 2nd collection of dragon poems.
Dragons (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™95) â€“ dragon poems (Nickâ€™s first book for children).
The Life of Bierley (Yorkshire Arts Circus, â€™95) â€“ non-fiction: portrait of a Bradford â€˜problemâ€™ estate (w/Alex Krysinski).
Slaphead Wrote Some Poems (Hybrid Press, â€™95) â€“ poems (for adults + teenagers).
The Bigger Tory Vote (AK Press, â€™91) â€“ non-fiction: investigative research into far-right of UK Conservative Party.
The Meat Boutique (PB Publications, â€™91) â€“ political lyrics and performance poetry.
The Private Crimes of Nick Toczek (Amazing Colossal Press, â€™89) â€“ short pieces of quirky fiction.
The Meat Boutique (Acrimony Tapes, â€™88) â€“ cassette LP of 37 performance poems.
InTOCZEKated (Bluurg Records, â€™87) â€“ 12â€ LP of 11 songs (singer/lyricist: Nick, music: various bands).
Fish Fox Peaches & Pig (Purple Heather Press, â€™87) â€“ experimental poems and prose.
More to Hateâ€¦ (Martyrhate Records, â€™86) â€“ 12â€ EP of 4 songs, 2 w/The Burial (skinhead band), 2 w/Spectre (reggae band).
Nick Toczekâ€™s Ulterior Motives (Bluurg Tapes â€™85) â€“ cassette LP of 19 performance poems and short stories.
The Britanarchist Demo (Bluurg Tapes, â€™83) â€“ cassette LP of performance poems + 3 songs, w/the band To Be Continued.
Rollâ€™nâ€™Roll Terrorism (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™81) â€“ performance poems, lyrics and short prose pieces.
Yâ€™Gotta Shout/Another Lover (Motive Music, â€™79) â€“ 7â€ single of 2 songs w/own band, Ulterior Motives.
Lies (Rivelin Press, â€™79) â€“ poems.
The Credible Adventures of Nick Toczek (Kawabata Press, â€™79) â€“ fact-based fiction: short prose pieces.
Complete Strangers Tell You Nothing (Xenia Press, â€™79) â€“ single poem, illustrated.
Acts of Violence (Wayzgoose Press, â€™79) â€“ short fiction: bizarre tales.
God Shave the Queen (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™75) â€“ short humorous poems, mostly puns.
Autobiography of a Friend (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™75) â€“ experimental novella.
Malignant Humour (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™75) â€“ short humorous poems, mostly puns.
Evensong (Sceptre Press, â€™74) â€“ single poem.
The Book of Numbers (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™73) â€“ poems and short prose pieces, charting break-up of a relationship.
Because the Evenings (Aquila Publishing Co., â€™72) â€“ early poems.
ANTHOLOGIES EDITED BY NICK TOCZEK
Read Me Out Loud (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books July â€™07) â€“ poems for performing (with Paul Cookson).
The Dog Ate My Bus Pass (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, Jan. â€™04) â€“ poems that are excuses (with Andrew Fusek Peters).
Toothpaste Trouble (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™02) â€“ poems from waking up to bedtime (for younger readers).
Join Inâ€¦ Or Else! (Macmillan Childrenâ€™s Books, â€™00) â€“ participatory poems.
The Spirit of Bradford (Redbeck Press, â€™97) â€“ poems about living in Bradford (with David Tipton).
Melanthika (L.W.M. Publications, â€™77) â€“ the UKâ€™s first collection of pan-Caribbean writing (w/Yann Lovelock & Philip Nanton).
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