The Comeback Kid : poetry workspace

by Lordbirodesign in Shotton Colliery, England, United Kingdom

The Comeback Kid : poetry workspace

Total raised £2,095

raised so far



BOUNCE BACK & re-grow from the effects of the pandemic & ensure survival.

by Lordbirodesign in Shotton Colliery, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 27th January 2021 we'd raised £2,000 with 38 supporters in 34 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

time & space to grow portfolio

+ with further investment  in  marketing :  publicity strategy to help promote the comeback kid project to a wider audience, to build on momentum & scale up.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for  millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them. 

Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.


Having struggled since March 2020 i'll have to re-write my business plan and start a new journey. I need to keep on going to reach communities and have purpose to my life.  To overcome current hurdles  I'm  gonna convert the spare room into a studio so I have a platform to diversify into new areas & research the potential for  digital commerce which will enable me to utilise my  work into products . In an attempt to re-skill I have signed up for a photographic course at the local college to improve my visual marketing presence. I used to work in schools and community settings but these opportunities have dried up . 'Ian's workshop was the best workshop we have done, there was so much feeling generated', Mike Tracy, West Derby School, Liverpool. Having helped hundreds of fellow poets/ artists over the years through my voluntary work at Colpitts Poetry in Durham and inspiring Scholars I need an injection  of kindness & support. In future I will try  to reach this audience via online. Currently working in my kitchen and occasionally using a friend's workshop I intend to use  the funds to  create a new work environment / studio by converting the back bedroom (configuration of electrics -plug points, stud work, workbench, re-decorating, desk, chair & craft tool storage with partial  decking of loft space) as well as adapting to new work practices &   establishing The Comeback Kids Poetry Club to serve my neighbourhood. 

 If I can raise 25 percent of my target the local government enterprise agency (north east growth hub)  will match fund & take me to halfway (£1000) . When I reach 75 % of my overall target I will receive the remainder as a top up. I'm hoping this will give me a stronger platform to compete in a changed marketplace & generate income again. 

to help you can ; 

donate to my crowdfunder

pledge to one of the rewards i am offering

talk about this crowdfunder with friends, family, fellow artists, pets

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many thanks & all good wishes, ian




This project offered rewards

£5 or more

poetry collection- the singing ducks of amiens

in pdf form. 'one of the likely lads of north east poetry' professor stephen regan, head of english, durham university

£7 or more

signed poem

A4 print includes uk postage. poem available; 'elvis in the community' recently featured in the artstops project in county durham bus stops.

£15 or more

signed poetry book

'verses united, the poetry of football' (with a foreword by bobby robson & intro by melvyn bragg) I published to great acclaim in the times literary supplement & tes. includes uk postage

£79 or more

poetry performance

Pledge £79 today and we'll reward you with... a poetry recital/ performance in your garden, on your doorstep, in your parlour, at your anniversary, wedding, festival or if you wanna be extra safe via zoom.

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