Steve Larkin is a poet, singer song-writer, storyteller, theatre maker, comedic host and impresario renowned for his highly original and entertaining live work.

A former International Poetry Slam Champion and Oxford Professor of Poetry nominee Steve is the founder and chief of Hammer & Tongue - the UK’s leading poetry slam organisation that has led the charge of poetry back to the Royal Albert Hall.

Steve is the creator of two critically acclaimed spoken word theatre shows: N.O.N.C.E. and TES, the front to ‘world-folk-punk-skiffle’ band Inflatable Buddha, a musician in his own right, and a poet whose career has spanned three decades and involved performing world-over in diverse venues to diverse audiences, from convicted violent criminals in a high security prison to MPs at the Houses of Parliament.


  • Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas

    • Steve Larkin is a poet-philosopher disguised as a club entertainer. Lacing profundity with profanities, deep tracks with cheap gags, he weaves comedy, politics and style to leave audiences laughing thoughtful and infected.
    • Jim Thomas
  • Victoria Times Colonist

    Victoria Times Colonist

    • Electrifying fusion of music and the spoken word...affability and quick, biting wit with the social conscience of Pete Seeger.
    • Victoria Times Colonist - *****
  • Fringe Guru

    Fringe Guru

    • Superb spoken-word - essential viewing
    • Fringe Guru - *****
  • Edmonton Sun, Canada

    Edmonton Sun, Canada

    • Prepare to be stunned and inspired by the power of Larkin’s spoken word.
    • Edmonton Sun, Canada - *****
  • Spiral Earth

    Spiral Earth

    • Steve Larkin, has the facial expressions of Vic Reeves, and often, the blunt quick-wittedness of Frankie Boyle.
    • Spiral Earth
  • See Magazine

    See Magazine

    • Revolutionary, elocutionary genius.
    • See Magazine - *****