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Nick Toczek's Website

The works and news and views of Yorkshire's very own Motormouth

Nick Toczek is a British writer and performer.


Born in Yorkshire in 1950, he’s been writing since he was a child, began getting his poetry published in his mid-teens, did his first public readings when he was nineteen, and had his first collection of poetry published when he was twenty-one.


Since then, he’s done more than fifty thousand performances and presentations, has worked in more than forty countries, has published more than forty books, and has never had a ‘proper job’.


As you’ll find out if you explore this website, he’s a music journalist, professional magician, political writer and researcher, creative writing tutor – especially in schools, radio DJ with his own weekly show, rock lyricist and vocalist, puppeteer, stand-up comedian, librettist and more. Basically, he does his hobbies for a living. Surely that’s cool.


There are no statues to him, so this website will have to do instead. With luck, you’ll find it interesting.

Photo by John Bolloten

Nick's Blog

New Releases

OUT NOW! The new album by by Nick Toczek and Thies Marsen! Available to download or buy on CD from the shop.

The Bavariations Album sleeve

Summer 2018 saw the release of two new paired spoken-word CDs written and performed by Nick Toczek:

Nick Toczek Motormouth Volume 1 cover
Nick Toczek Motormouth Volume 2 cover

The first, Motormouth Volumes 1 & 2 (released on the label Not-A-Rioty), was previously available as a very limited edition of three CDs released by Soundshack Records. This fifty-six track collection consists predominantly of performance poems and travel poems and is intended for all ages from teens upwards.

Nick Toczek Dealing With The Darkness Volume 1 cover
Nick Toczek Dealing With The Darkness Volume 2 cover

The second is Dealing With The Darkness Volumes 1 & 2 (released on the label Mutiny 2000 Records). This is a forty-nine track collection of poems about tackling fear – be it of death and dying, night and nightmares, faith and guilt. Its target audience is of adults, not children.    

Catch Nick Toczek Live!

Gigs for adult audiences:

Date: Friday 4 October 2019.

Event: Le Mondo Bongo.

Venue: The Sip Coffee & Eat Café, 18 King Street, Richmond, DL10 4HP.

Time: 7.00-10.00pm.

Nick will be doing a twenty-minute set as one of the guest poets at this monthly event. 

Date: Monday 2 December

Event: Puzzle Poets

Venue: The Navigation Pub, 47 Chapel Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3LF

Time: 7.30-10.30pm

Nick Will be doing a set as guest poet.

Date: Thursday 19 December 2019.

Event: Culture Comes To K-Town.

Venue: Keighley Creative Space, Hanover Street, Keighley BD21 3QJ.

Time: 7.00-11.00pm.

Nick will be a featured guest poet. Hosted by Simon Pickles. Other performers include:Jack Collins and Cayn White.

Date: Monday 13 January 2020.

Event: Gingerlicious Nights.

Venue: The Old Post Office Cafe Bar, 64-66 Kirkgate, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0PA.

Time: 7.00-10.00pm.

Nick will be doing two twenty-minute sets as guest poet.


Date: Saturday 18 January 2020.

Event: Jackanory.

Venue: Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1BW.

Time: Afternoon, 2.00-5.00pm.

Nick will be doing a twenty-minute set as one of the guest poets at this monthly event.

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2020.

Event: The Writers Bookshelf.

Venue: Drystone Radio (103.5 FM in South Craven and Yorkshire Dales or via

Time: 7.00-9.00pm.

Nick will be doing the full two hours on David Driver's radio show.

Shows for family audiences:

Date: Saturday 28 September 2019.

Event: Sorn Fest.

Venue: Sorn Studios, 5 Cater Street (also accessible from Chapel Street), Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5AS. 

Time: 2.00-3.00pm.


Come and see Nick perform his popular Million-Miles-An-Hour Show. It's a fast-moving family entertainment for all ages. The official blurb about it reads as foillows:


Writer and entertainer, Nick Toczek, presents his wonderful one-man show in which he chats and jokes, performs his snappy poems, does brilliantly baffling magic tricks, tells and acts out fantastic tales, and introduces you to some of his wild and wilful puppets… all at breakneck speed.  Join in and enjoy it… OR ELSE!    

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