Yorkshire author, poet, puppeteer & magician!
Nick Toczek is a British writer, performer and self-confessed motormouth!
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’.
Photo by John Bolloten
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.
TVINS: New film out now
Tvins is a short (nine-minute) film about how the second world war impacted on the lives of two German Jewish teenagers.
Hans and Fritz Toczek. Based on research by Hans’ oldest son, the Bradford writer and performer Nick Toczek. The project was organised by Nigel Grizzard, filmed and edited by Danny Hardaker, and funded by Bradford Council.
The Year The World Stood Still: Corona Diary Volume 2
The second book of Corona Virus poetry by Nick Toczek, published by Mutiny 2000 Publications
From mid-March 2020, Nick Toczek, wrote one poem per day about living through the Covid-19 pandemic. Volume two continues from September onwards.
£7.99 including P&P from the shop.
Walking The Tightrope: the new LP from Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha - on transparent yellow vinyl!
The second collaboration between Nick and Signia Alpha. On yellow vinyl LP and download.
The 11 track vinyl record includes an inner sleeve, a lyric sheet and a postcardard.
£12.99 including P&P from the shop.
Death & Other Destinations: the second Bavariations album - on blood red Vinyl!
The second collaboration between Nick and Bavarian indie musician Thies Marsen. On vinyl LP and download.
The 10 track vinyl record includes a lyric inner sleeve and a Download Card.
£15.99 including P&P from the shop.
Corona Diary Volume 1: Pandemic Poems and Lockdown Lyrics
The new book of poetry by Nick Toczek, published by Mutiny 2000 Publications.
From mid-March 2020, Nick Toczek, wrote one poem per day about living through the Covid-19 pandemic.
£7.99 including P&P from the shop.
Voices In My Head
The new book of poetry by Nick Toczek, published by Caboodle Books, 2020.
Nick's first collection of poetry for adults in 22 years. With a cover illustrated by Joseph Witchall.
£7.00 including P&P from the shop.
Shooting The Messenger vinyl LP
The debut album by by Nick Toczek and Signia Alpha! Available to download or buy on Limited Edition Purple Vinyl LP and CD from the shop.
The Bavariations Album
The first album by Nick Toczek and Thies Marsen is available to download from all the usual streaming services or to buy on CD from the shop. Released in 2019.
Motormouth / Dealing With The Darkness
Summer 2018 saw the release of two new paired spoken-word CDs written and performed by Nick Toczek:
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.
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!
Shadowfest Online Poetry 2.0
Via FaceBook Live
Sunday, March 28, 20201 at 7 PM
Online poetry event featuring the talents of: Tatty Hoggarth, Cayn White, Keiron Higgins, Nick Toczek, Colin Davies