Matt Sowerby is a writer and activist from Cumbria. He is the Director of Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival and writes a newsletter called How to Stay Hopeful in a Climate Crisis. Matt is frequently inspired by the roots of words, activist history, and the spoken word. He has performed in the Houses of Parliament and on BBC Radio 3, and his work was exhibited by the UN in 2022. Matt was a 2018 National Youth Slam Champion and 2021 UniSlam Finalist.