COMISSIONS & RESIDENCIES
Toby works closely with organisations to create tailored and impactful residencies based on their needs. Residencies can include performances, curated events, writing workshops and the creation of new work. He also accepts some commissions separate to residencies.
Channel 4: Continuity poems
As part of National Poetry Day, Channel 4 commissioned Toby and a group of poets to take over their continuity announcements between programmes and create a series of short poems for viewers to listen to throughout the day.
Thames Festival Trust: Boat Poets
Toby was selected as the first ever Poet-in-Residence of the River Thames along with 3 other artists and given a posting on a working barge boat on the river. He was commissioned to write pieces around his experiences, which were put up along the river and performed live at a recoded event at The National Poetry Library.
Roundhouse & Block 9: Utopia
Penny Woolcock's installation art piece in the Roundhouse main space. Toby was commissioned to create a poem on the themes of greed, fame and inheritance to perform at one of the Utopia Live Lates, an evening of performance held in the space.
National Trust: The Children's Country House
During a residency at Sudbury Hall, the world's first heritage site designed for children, Toby delivered writing workshops and was commissioned to create 12 texts to accompany historic portraits displayed in the building's Long Gallery.
BBC & Oxford English Dictionary: Free the Word
BBC Radio and the Oxford English Dictionary commissioned poets around the country to create new poems based on regional dialect vocabulary for National Poetry Day. Toby wrote a poem inspired by the word 'mardy' which was broadcast on the BBC.