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Erin is a poet, performer and facilitator from Leeds. She has performed across the country at venues and festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Camp Bestival, The Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Literary Festival and has written for E4, Nationwide Building Society and The Royal Academy of Art. 

She is a former Glastonbury slam champion, former Roundhouse Resident Artist,was one of the first 'Boat Poets' for Totally Thames Festival and was a Roaming Poet in Residence for Spine Festival, curated by Apples and Snakes. 

Erin teaches poetry, creative writing and performance to all ages and writes bespoke poems for all sorts of events, celebrations, organisations and individuals. 

Erin's debut collection of poems 'Alternate Endings' will be published on July 9th 2020 by Burning Eye Books and can be pre-ordered here. 




Dec 16, 2019

Haslams Estate Agents, Reading, 6.30pm


Crackers - Christmas Poetry event

Come and enjoy a glittering showcase of Christmas-themed poetry and spoken word from a gang of gifted artists, led by Wordsmith (Sarah Smith), Champion of BBC Radio Berkshire’s War of the Words 2019. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll possibly pull a cracker.

Jan 19, 2020

Norwich Arts Centre, 8.00pm

Pay what you can

Toast Poetry - Rob Auton and Erin Bolens

One host. Two headliners. Three floor spots. And all of you. TOAST is a welcoming & exciting evening of poetry & spoken word from the country’s best writers. This month featuring poet & comedian Rob Auton and poet & theatre maker Erin Bolens. Hosted by Lewis Buxton.

Nov 03, 2019

Clean Prose Writing Centre, Old Street.

Expanding Inspiration - Poetry Course

6 week poetry looking at using what you know, remember and feel as springboards for poems. Lots of poems and ideas will be generated and shared. This will be a warm and welcoming space for all levels of experience. 

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I run poetry, creative writing and performance workshops for all ages in schools, libraries, businesses and anywhere in between. I believe that engaging with language and poetry in this way can enhance and improve confidence, literacy and critical thinking skills. I have seen first hand the impact this form of self-expression can have and think it is incredibly beneficial for everyone. Sessions can be themed and tailored to meet the needs of all ages and levels of experience.

I run full day, half day and lesson long sessions as well as poetry clubs, poetry slams and sessions for those who work with young people. I have worked extensively in schools so have a thorough understanding of the curriculum which helps me to meet the needs of teachers and students alike.


Erin tackled a difficult subject brilliantly. She made it fun without glossing over the nature of the topic at all. The Children created some incredibly  thought provoking poems.

Helen Cleaves

Kingston Grammar School 

Erin's down to earth approach and informal performance of her fresh and original style forced our students to reconsider their understanding of what poetry is. Her boundless enthusiasm and energetic encouragement enabled our students to explore what poetry can be.

What was so impressive was the creativity Erin sparked in the children, their poems were amazing. The session was so much fun and made me want to write too!

Lorraine Cappoccia
Mandeville Primary School 

Naomi Watson
Ivydale Primary School 

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