Newbury Poet and Storyteller Steve Wallis

Newbury’s leading poet Steve Wallis came to poetry through the performances of punk icon John Cooper Clarke.

Steve has walked on Greenham Common for nearly 15 years, and has published a collection of prose and poetry, Common Words that encapsulates all the highs and lows of the Common’s history.  With beautifully crafted pieces, the natural world is presented in its many seasonal guises, with atmosphere and reverence.  For those who love their birds, humour is a key feature, a laugh out loud acknowledgement of their characteristics and behaviour.

Steve’s collection of poems Along the Way, Poetry of the Kennet & Avon Canal reflects the social, political and natural histories of our local waterway, exploring and celebrating the landscape, artefacts and communities along its route.

During lockdown, Steve paid tribute to the wonderful community in the verses of his poem Kind Words.

Steve is also a professional storyteller and can occasionally be found shouting in rhyme at audiences who say they ‘don’t like poetry’.

You can follow or contact Steve on social media here:




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