Joe is a regular performer at events around Yorkshire and beyond. He has appeared at numerous literature festivals and poetry slams, and is an experienced compere of literature and music events. He is the founder and host of Words on the Wall, a poetry event based at the County Hotel in Hexham, Northumberland.

“Your performance at Long Division was, as usual, brilliant. I love the balance between your delivery style and your content. If I were sent to a prison camp for 45 years, as long as I somehow had access to your poetry, it would be a breeze, because your words would keep me going.”

William Thirsk-Gaskill, Long Division Festival

“Joe dazzled with his range and wit, keeping us engrossed, entertained and provoked.”

Helen Shay, Poems Prose & Pints

“Joe did a wonderful impromptu set at the Yorkshire Penguin Posse after his success at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Sharp, funny and serious in turns, the penguins love Joe Williams. Please come back!”

Byron the Penguin, aka Peter Haney, Yorkshire Penguin Posse

“I have shared the stage with Joe several times. He’s a funny, clever, thought provoking poet and audiences love him. Yours will too!”

Harry Gallagher, The Stanza

“A compere and poet extraordinaire all rolled into one, engaging the audience and artists alike. Joe always enables the night to roll on the crest of a wave until closing time.”

Mike Jolly, Cloth Cat

If you’d like to book Joe for your event, please send an email, or contact him on Facebook, Twitter, or via the Contact page on this site.

Here’s an example of Joe on stage. You can find more at his YouTube channel.

Festival Appearances

  • Leeds Lit Fest (2019-2020)
  • Ilkley Literature Festival (2015-2019)
  • Huddersfield Literature Festival (2016-2018)
  • York Literature Festival (2018)
  • Lancaster Literature Festival (2016)
  • Headingley Literature Festival (2018)
  • Wakefield Literature Festival (2016)
  • Northern Short Story Festival (2018-2020)
  • Words in the City Festival (2018)
  • Poetry at the Parsonage (2016-2018)
  • Kirkstall Festival (2018)
  • Long Division Festival (2019)
  • Meanwood Festival (2019)
  • Jane’s Walk Leeds (2017)
  • Writing on Air Festival (2016, 2019)
  • A Flock of Words (2016)
  • Happygate Festival (2016)

 Competition Prizes

  • Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition 2017: Winner
  • Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition 2018: Runner-up
  • Sheffield Sharrow Festival Slam 2017: Runner-up
  • Sheffield Sharrow Festival Slam 2016: Runner-up
  • Northern Short Story Festival Flash Fiction Slam 2018: 3rd place
  • Poetry at the Parsonage Slam 2016: Commended
  • A Flock of Words Slam 2016: Commended