Above: O'Neill proudly shows his place in a photo mural at the 2004 Poetry International in Rotterdam. (photo: Eva Ragut)

Farrago Poetry:
well over a decade of UK SLAM! with Londonís slam masters!

It is not hard to see why he is so well liked, he can see that poetry has to be dragged into the present... If poetry takes off it will be due to genuine talents like OíNeill.

- Time Out (London)

John Paul OíNeill is one of Britainís leading new poetry performers and emcees, as well as co-founding and coordinating Farrago Poetry, Londonís foremost independent poetry organisation and European slam poetry pioneers. He runs and hosts poetry events in the capital including Britainís first poetry SLAM! He recently took part in the first World Slampionship in Rotterdam and was the first Briton to slam at the US Nationals.

He has had poetry, short stories and articles published extensively, as well as producing spoken word projects and presenting and setting up community radio shows. A Further Education lecturer, (PGCE (FE)), he runs workshops for adults and children in creative writing and performance, as well as teaching at Kensington & Chelsea College. He set up and anchor tutored Word Express, a series of performance workshops, for Kensington & Chelsea Library & Arts Service. He runs a weekly creative writing class for Brent Adult and Community Education and is a consultant for the Respect Slam, a project for young people set up by the Poetry Society and the London Mayorís Office.

As well as organising International poetry exchanges and setting up tours for British poets in America, John Paul OíNeill has also toured the United States extensively, winning the Best Performance Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival in 1995, and performed in 1996 at the Green Mill in Chicago, the birth place of Slam Poetry. He became the first Briton to compete in the US National Slam Championships in 1996 and also hosted the Nuyorican Café Slam in New York in 1998.

In Britain he has emceed shows at the Glastonbury Festival, Hackney Empire Studio Theatre and the ICA and for organisations including Survivors Poetry, Poetry on The Buses and Postcard Poetry Quarterly. He judged the last Poetry Life poetry competition and is currently working on his first novel.


Silhouette the Artist slams at the Farrago Club & Slam launch night in January 2000.

Farrago Poetry, 108, High Street, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 OND.

Telephone: 07905 078376. E-mail: farragopoetry@yahoo.co.uk