Poet Mark on the Fringe of big things

Mark Niel
Mark Niel

Milton Keynes is losing its Poet Laureate – but only for a week!

Wordsmith Mark Niel is taking his talent north this weekend to perform at the annual Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh.

It has been a long time ambition of Mark’s to appear at the world famous festival, and he is doing it in style – and taking part in three shows while there.

“I’d hoped one day to be a part of it, but now the dream is coming true,” he said.

“I’m going for a week to be a part of three different shows and to learn with a view of taking a show for the entire run next year.”

Mark was made the first poet laureate of MK in 2011, by then Mayor Debbie Brock.

He will perform as part of the Free Fringe, which allows acts to appear at the festival in a cost effective way.

He will join fellow poetry act The Antipoet for a week-long session which will wind up their current Rhythm Method tour.

While at the Fringe, Mark will also complete two solo performances mixing music, poetry and humour, called 60 Minutes of Sanity.

And he will spill the beans on some of his nightmare shows during a guest appearance at Comedy Death: True Horror.

“I hope the weather is kind and that the learning curve isn’t too steep for a first time out,” he added.

“The good thing is as part of the Free Fringe, there will be friends to support me who are also doing shows, so we’ll be helping each other.

“I look forward to representing Milton Keynes with pride.”