Fay Roberts (ze / zir)

Photo of Fay on the main page by Neil Plumb Photography.

Fay Roberts is a Founding Member of the Sword Forge Collective 2022 – 2023.


Born in 1975, Fay is a classically trained singer from Cardiff who has been getting on stages since the early eighties. Ze was bitten by the performance poetry bug in 2006 in Milton Keynes, after a favour to a friend turned into a place in the final of a poetry slam, and now describes zirself as a “peripatetic, percussive, performance poet with a penchant for project management.” 

Ze helped to run Poetry Kapow! in Milton Keynes from 2007 to 2011 and has been involved with the Cambridge chapter of Hammer & Tongue since 2010. Ze set up Cambridge arts label Allographic in 2011, a live events platform and small press. Ze has been the Artistic Director for Spoken Word at The Free Fringe in Edinburgh since 2013 (mostly collaboratively), and host of critically acclaimed Fringe show Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret since 2012. In 2014, ze ‘won’ the Edinburgh Fringe Anti-Slam as Melody Starchild. In 2017, zir first solo show, The Selkie, was shortlisted as best spoken word show of 2016–17 for the Saboteur Awards. Ze was Glastonbury Festival Poetry&Words Stage’s official blogger in 2019. Ze has been delivering poetry workshops and courses since 2014, and in 2017 ze accidentally became a voice actor, which sometimes feels like a dream come true.

Ze still sings – persistently, and occasionally still bangs a drum with more than metaphorical fervour. Zir work has been described as ‘lyrical’, ‘engaging’, ‘scarily good’, and as ‘musical’, ‘mellifluous’, and ‘mesmerising’.

Fay has performed in pubs, clubs, theatres, tents, malls, ships, museums, art galleries, stone circles, squats, haunted houses, and stately gardens; in open mic, slams, showcases, features, support, English, Welsh, French, BSL, accompaniment, collaboration, competition, and costume across the UK (and worldwide, thanks to Zoom!).

Zir first full collection, Spectral, came out with Burning Eye in March 2022, and ze describes it as “a kind of poetry concept album, with illustrations…”




Buy Spectral here.

Spectral is a beautiful, fiercely personal multimedia experience. Fay crafts poetry with an expert eye for detail and a emotional literacy that few others are able to match. Zir writing is sensual, lyrical and sublime. A truly glorious collection!

Leanne Moden

It is often hard to pick a favourite poem, or favourite line in a well crafted collection, and with Spectral it is impossible. 

Rick Dove

Reading Spectral felt like putting a kaleidoscope to my eyes, marvelling at all the colours of the human experience with oohs and aahs of deep satisfaction.

Myriam San Marco


We need more poetry like this… funny, confident, modest and a really bloody good poet to listen to.


… [zir] poetry combines lyrical flair with a solid emotional core. In a scene full of copycats and trend-chasers, there is no one quite like [zir]…


There aren’t good enough words to be used for Fay. There aren’t complex enough linguistic chains, pretty enough mouth noises. There’s just not enough, to talk about Fay and zir mazing poetry and astounding melodic voice


Fay Roberts is a force of… hmmm… what’s a better word than nature? I’m not sure… but I bet Fay Roberts could tell you.



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