Yorkshire author, poet, puppeteer & magician!
Nick Toczek is a British writer, performer and self-confessed motormouth!
Photo by John Bolloten
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.
The Columbus Memoirs
The new vinyl album from Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha was released on June 4, 2022. It consists of ten brand new songs including Dignity which was released as a single in January 2022 and Another Shoreline, the album’s second single. The music ranges from guitar-driven new wave indie-rock to Zappa-tinged jazz grooves. Paul Gray (The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods, UFO, etc) contributes his distinctive bass to four of the ten tracks. Added to this soundscape are the powerful lyrics of performer-poet and storyteller Nick Toczek.
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
Dignity: the new single from Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha - stream or free download!
Dignity is the first track to be taken from The Columbus Memoirs, the third album from Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha, which is due for release in June 2022.
Dignity is the album’s closing track. The lyric tackles, head-on, the utter inhumanity of our heartless mistreatment of refugees and other migrants.
Message meets musicianship. This isn’t pigeon-holed pop. Nick doesn’t sing. Signia Alpha don’t simply fit neatly into the slot of some category. Why would they? It’s not what they’re about.
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.
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.
Tvins is a short (nine-minute) film about how the second world war impacted on the lives of two German Jewish teenagers.
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.
Catch Nick Toczek Live!
Chanters 'n' Ranters Norhern Tour 2022
Chanters’n’Ranters is a touring package featuring four contrasting solo performers: Nick Toczek, Luke Tatty Hoggarth, Captain Hotknives and Gerrard Bell-Fife. Each gig will also feature a special guest act.
LUKE TATTY HOGGARTH is a poet from Bradford who has been a part of the local punk and DIY scene for all of his adult life. He writes poems full of anger and hope and delivers them with equal force too, tuoching on subjects as close to home as enjoying festivals and not enjoying pulse radio all while expressing the need for understanding, equality and peace.
" ‘Luke Tatty Hoggarth is a no-frills, straight-from-the-heart poet. If he is on the bill, you are guaranteed to be entertained, amused and have your thoughts provoked, as he rattles through a set of verse on an eclectic range of subjects. There is no pomposity here, just authentic tales of life and struggle.’ - Janine Booth
GERRARD BELL-FIFE is a Bradford-based musician from Nottingham who plays guitar, basuki and occasionally violin. Described musically as folk with a small f, he has been performing for over 10 years and has toured Europe with the likes of Perkie, Mikey Dey and Me-Rex. He continues to do gigs up and down the country and has a DIY attitude in regards making and performing music.
‘After hearing Gerrard play live for so long you can hear the meticulous work that he has put into these songs and it is wonderful.’ - Sarah Carey
CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES is a perfect blend of acoustic punk and comedy. He has toured up and down the country and played festivals like Rebellion, Boom Town and Glastonbury. You will be crying is hysterics at the many tales this man has to tell.
‘Captain Hotknives is a true artist.’ - Petrock-99 ‘Top work. I can see this getting me through a few spaced-out nights sitting in Manchester train station waiting to get home if we ever get to play out again.’ - Kiamcrox
NICK TOCZEK is a Bradford writer and performer who’s published more than fifty books, released dozens of recordings, and done other stuff. For example, he’s a best-selling children’s poet, a professional magician and puppeteer, a journalist and radio presenter, and a bald bloke who’s won prizes for his sudoku skills and for being able to eat hotter curries than is humanly normal.
‘See him if you can. He’s brilliant.’ – The Stage. ‘
The most exciting and visual performer we have this side of Benjamin Zephaniah.’ – NME. ‘Toczek is bitter, disturbing and political. His language gets harder and more effective with each publication.’ – The Guardian.
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