Debris Stevenson

Dyslexic writer, Grime poet, working-class academic, pansexual ex-Mormon and Bashment dancing social activist from the seam between East London and Essex. 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, SoTV). Since, she has graduated top of her class twice (BA and MA in creative writing), set up an organisation teaching thousands of young people poetry as a life skill (Mouthy Poets), designed and delivered foundation poetry and performance modules at Nottingham University and had her debut poetry pamphlet, Pigeon Party, published by Flipped Eye. By 25 Debris had raised over £300,000 with Mouthy Poets to develop young artists and worked in over 25 countries.

Debris’ debut show, Poet in da Corner, premiered at the Royal Court in 2018 and returns alongside the release of the Poet in da Corner album with Accidental Records.

Debris is currently developing a new dance focused project called The Write to Rave, exploring the radicalism of the rave. When Debris isn’t writing, speaking or teaching she can also be found dancing to Grime, Soca, Afrobeats and Dancehall for organisations such as The Heatwave and Red Bull Music Academy.