Debris found poetry at 16 in the gut of the Roundhouse, where words enabled her to navigate her dyslexia. After being followed by Channel4 for 2 years, she was published by organisations such as, Louis Vuitton, Oxford University, Holland Park Press and BBC Radio’s The Verb. Flipped Eye has recently published her debut pamphlet, Pigeon Party.
A social carrier pigeon, Debris has performed her poetry from the National Theatre Zagreb to a street corner in San Francisco. She is particularly interested in the alternative narrative and vocabulary that poetry provides for those navigating identity; race, education, sexuality, disability and mental health.
Curve Theatre associate Artist, Jerwood Arvon Mentee and Artistic Director, Debris has recently been awarded £165,000 to develop the company she founded, Mouthy Poets CIC. Mouthy Poets are currently on a tour, including a stop with their sister company in Germany, Lion Mouth aka LoewenMaul. This year Debris will come full circle: co-lead the Roundhouse Poetry Collective alongside Bohdan Piasecki.
A trained Zumba instructor, Debris can often be found dancing sober and alone to Dubstep, Dancehall or Moombahton.
“What I search for, more so than performance technique or even simple stage presence and charisma is great text, well written, well-structured and suited to the subject matter. Deborah Stevenson was born with a captivating stage presence and her charisma precedes her years, but both of those qualities are humbled, even dwarfed by her gift with the pen.” INUA ELLAMS
“Deborah Stevenson is one of the brightest young voices of literature to emerge from our shores in over two decades. A powerful performer and an excellent writer whose poems evoke emotion and mood with every word. Wise beyond her years, articulate, intelligent and polite Deborah is poised to help drag the spoken word movement out of the dark ages. A revolutionary of the word and an inspiration to other young people Deborah Stevenson is a testament to the importance of” CHARLIE DARK
“As a speaker, she has a rare gift to speak from a place of authenticity, effortlessly reaching audiences both in a large auditorium space and in smaller, more intimate settings. Audience feedback is always overwhelmingly positive – she really touches people and imparts wisdom. As a professional, Debris takes her work very seriously – she is super responsive and absolutely on it. I trust her completely to deliver.” REBECCA MOORE