Artist : Mark Grist

Earlier this year, millions watched ex-English teacher Mark Grist defeat a teenage grime artist in a rap battle for Don't Flop. But it’s a lot more complicated than that. Over the last year, Mark (the suited half of Dead Poets) has been treading the fine line between bravery and stupidity, starting with leaving his job as an English teacher to become a full time poet. ‘Internet sensation’ Sun ‘Brings the house down’ Guardian. As well as a rap battler and YouTube phenomenon, Mark is a poet and Educational Consultant. He became Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008, Chief Bard of the Fens in 2009 and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion in 2010. His double-act, Dead Poets, received critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, he has appeared on BBC 6 Music with Steve Merchant, and toured nationally with Phrased and Confused. Warning: contains poetry.