Chris Parkinson (poet)

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Chris Parkinson is a writer, poet and prankster from Brighton, UK. He has been writing and performing poetry since 2004.[1] In 2007 he was co-founder of the world's first Poetry Brothel,[1][2] an interactive poetry event which won several awards[3] and inspired subsequent poetry brothels in New York, Leicester, Barcelona and Chicago.[1] He has released three collections of poetry.[4]

In 2013 he placed an advert on the website Gumtree about a man wanting a lodger to dress up as a walrus which went on to inspire the Kevin Smith film "Tusk",[5][6] and was flown out to America to become associate producer on the film.[7] He also reported a vortex to another dimension appearing on a residential street in Brighton which featured on Have I Got News For You.[8]

His 2014 Brighton Fringe event "Moonshine" won Best Literature in the Brighton Fringe Awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "VIDEO: 'Men Of Straw' By Performance Poet Chris Parkinson". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  2. ^ "New York Vs. Chicago: A Poetry Brothel Controversy* | The Review Review". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  3. ^ "Poetry Brothel on Muesli Mountain (From The Argus)". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  4. ^ "Books | Chris Parkinson". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  5. ^ "Brighton Source - Brighton Walrus Gumtree Ad Becomes Hollywood Movie". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  6. ^ "Kevin Smith's next horror film is based on … a Gumtree ad | Film |". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  7. ^ "Brighton poet flies out to set of Walrus movie he inspired (From The Argus)". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  8. ^ "Brighton Source - Chris Parkinson, Hoaxer, Unsung Hero No.45". Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  9. ^ "LATEST FESTIVAL AWARDS 2014 | The Latest". Retrieved 2014-06-05.