Dave Birss

Rookie (28th October 1971 / Glasgow, Scotland)

Biography of Dave Birss

Dave Birss poet

I only really started writing poetry properly about 3 years ago. It was all a misunderstanding. A friend asked me to read some of my poetry at a magazine launch evening. And I forgot to say no. So I ended up having to write enough poems to fill a 20 minute set.

And then I was bitten by the bug.

Since then I must have written over 500 poems. Sounds a lot - but most of them are very short. My shortest poem so far is 8 letters. And I still think it's a bit flabby.

I write under a couple of different identities as well as under my own name. These are:

The Gorilla Poet - mainly kid's poetry
http: //www.gorillapoet.com

The Guerrilla Poet - poetic vandalism
http: //www.guerrillapoet.com

I also occasionally read my poetry on BBC radio shows. And I write poetry live on air every couple of weeks on my local breakfast radio show.

To top it all off, I'm running a project to get British schoolchildren to write poetry for a book that will raise money for charity. I've got a bunch of cool celebrities on board as well - and hopefully this year it will earn a few thousand pounds for good causes.
http: //www.poemsforpudsey.com

Dave Birss's Works:

Forthcoming books:

Poems for Pudsey - written by schoolkids and celebrities to raise cash for charity

Breaking out of the library - a photographic record of poetic vandalism

Finbar's Family - the poetic tale of a strange young boy

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tried to eat her pasta
than her brother who was the masta.

But it ended in disasta
for Jocasta
who came lasta
to Allasta
the pasta masta
who ate his pasta fasta.

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