Kieren King is a Salford based spoken word artist (longlisted for best UK Spoken Word Performer – Saboteur Awards 2016 & 2017) and the reigning Great Northern Slam Champion. He is best known as the co-creator and host of popular Manchester spoken word nights, Evidently (Shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night – Saboteur Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017) and the Word War Slams, and formerly as a host of Bang Said The Gun: Manchester. He was hand-picked by Guy Garvey of Elbow to curate a Spoken Word event as part of the 2016 Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre.
An experienced performer in his own right, Kieren has been writing and performing his work since 2008 and has featured at various festivals and a number of spoken word nights throughout the UK, including Glastonbury and several performances for Amnesty International and Musicians Without Borders. A multiple slam champion, Kieren was also part of the guest Manchester slam team at the 2016 Hammer & Tongue grand final.
He has appeared on several local radio and television shows including being featured on ITV News coverage of Billy Bragg’s Welcome To Manchester gig during the 2015 Tory Party Conference and the 2017 BBC Radio 4 show Power Lines.
In 2016 he was commissioned to write and perform a poem for a TV spot by Sky for their new channel Blaze.