Brendan Hawthorne hails from the Black Country in the industrial heartland of England, which has forged his attitude to writing and performing poetry.

Sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes delicate and poignant, his work examines the range of human experience from factory gates via 1970's tower blocks to the survival of humour in modern times either in standard English or his beloved Black Country dialect.

Born in 1961, he is married, has a love of cats and his retreat summerhouse.  He is a co-founder of Poetry Wednesbury, founder of Wednesbury Library Acoustic music and Spoken Word Club and regularly performs at pubs, clubs and festivals.  He has even been known to perform his work at Edwardian bandstands, on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, churches and shop doorways, as well as Birmingham Rep Door Theatre! His work has become a fixture in public art projects and he regularly comperes shows at Wednesbury Town Hall and at other prestigious events!

Brendan is a regular author for Bradwell Books and following the success of his play 'Hard Graft - All for twenty three bob'is now considered to be a playwright as well as poet and songwriter.

He is Poet Laureate of Wednesbury and has been Poet-in-Residence at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton for a number of years. He was West Midlands Ambassador for Smooth Radio over an eighteen month contracted period where he could be seen regularly on the accompanying television advert!

Brendan also writes his own songs, which can be serious, comedic and soul searching or any combination of the three!  He works as a solo performer and also with Kerry Halford as half of 'So It Goes' where he sings, plays guitar and harmonica though not always at the same time!


Artistic Inspirations – in no particular order If you are not familiar with any of the following why not check them out for yourself! 

Poets and lyricists

William Blake

Robert Browning

Jim Morrison

Patti Smith

Jack Kerouac


Geoff Stevens

Jim William Jones

Syd Barrett

Roger Waters

Neil Young

The Liverpool Scene of the sixties 

Art Forms

 Pre-Raphaelite Art


Dada ism






Pink Floyd

The Doors

Neil Young

Richard Hawley

Rock n Rollers

Jazz ists

The blues men and women 

And of course my landscapes, both inner and outer, and the characters that inhabit them!


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