Debris Stevenson

As writer/performer, for the Royal Court: Poet in da Corner (& 14-18 NOW).

Dyslexic writer, Grime poet, working-class academic, pansexual ex-Mormon and Bashment dancing social activist from the seam between East London and Essex: it’s not simple. Debris has no choice but to explore the intersectional, unexpected and unjust – it’s not just who she is, it’s her responsibility in a world that all too often summarises us into a caption.

Educated through the evolution of Grime in East London and nurtured by the Roundhouse in Camden, at just 18 Debris organised and hosted Turning Point Festival whilst followed by Channel 4 (Yeardot). Since then she has founded Mouthy Poets, an organisation teaching thousands of young people poetry as a life skill, with which she has raised over £300,000 to develop young artists and worked in over 25 countries. She has designed and delivered foundation poetry and performance modules at Nottingham University and had her debut poetry pamphlet, Pigeon Party, published by Flipped Eye.

When Debris isn’t writing, speaking, teaching or performing, she can also often be found dancing to Grime, Soca, Afrobeats and Dancehall for organisations such as The Heatwave and Red Bull Music Academy.