Dyslexic-Writer, Grime Poet, Working-Class Academic, Pansexual Ex-Mormon and Bashment Dancing Social Activist from the seam between East London and Essex: it’s not that simple.
Debris Stevenson has no choice but to explore the intersectional, unexpected and unjust – it’s not just who she is, it’s her responsibility in a world that all too often summerises us into a caption.
At secondary school 2002 – 2008 Debris was educated through the evolution of Grime, finding poetry in the mouths of the teenagers around her. Nurtured by the Roundhouse, Debris was then followed by Chanel 4 for a year (Yeardot), published by organisations such as, Louis Vuitton, Oxford University, BBC Radio 4 and Flipped Eye with her debut pamphlet, Pigeon Party.
A social carrier pigeon, Debris has performed, written and taught poetry in over 20 countries and 10 American States. Her passion for nurturing and educating poetic communities started with The Mouthy Poets, teaching young people; creative writing, performance and event coordination as emotional, professional and creative life skills. Debris has since been awarded over £250,000 by Arts Council England to develop young talent.
Debris is now working on her debut grime-poetry show at The Royal Court Theatre commissioned by 14/18 Now and The Jerwood Foundation. (She can also often be found dancing to Grime, Soca, Afrobeats and Dancehall for organisations such as The Heatwave and Red Bull Music Academy).
“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