An Arts Council Grant Don’t Come For Free

1- hour show by crap poet-Odious Vex.


Be a poet, or Die Trying.

Spend some time in the company of Swindon’s number one poet, rapper part time car washer and Paintballer- Odious Vex. He’s living proof that just because you want to write poetry, it doesn’t mean you should. He’ll be explaining why drugs are bad, war is bad, and sexism is bad- and that’s bad in a bad bad way and not a good bad way.

His 17- year old wisdom of the world includes clumsy rhymes, contrived metaphors and A level Sociology political insight from his new 1-hour show “An Arts Council Grant Don’t Come for Free (Be a Poet or Die Trying)”

Awards and Praise for Odious Vex

Best Spoken Word Show Edinburgh Fringe 2015 Finalist-North East Theatre Guide

Highly recommended, go see itPhil Jupitus

At every point during the set you’re either laughing or catching your breath in preparation for the next fit of giggles.” Apples and Snakes


“The poems are ones you sit there listening to, wishing you had written yourself. You will laugh, that is guaranteed. A great combination of talent and a very funny set. Writers Fountain

“Tim Key meets People Just do Nothing” Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Odious Vex Clip here:


Odious Vex is the creation of Angie Belcher

About Angie:

Angie is an award winning stand-up ( Finalist What the Frock  Best  Comedy National Newcomer 2015 and North East Theatre best spoken word show 2015) Equally at home on the stand-up circuit as in a posh tent at a literature festival, Angie presents naughty stanzas and awkward stories . An accomplished comedy performer she has supported Supporting John Gordillo,  Shappi Khorsandi and Shazia Mirza as well as compering Glastonbury Festival’s Cabaret Tent. She had a full and successful at Edinburgh Fringe  (**** Fringe Review, Part stand-up, part poet part stylised story telling all hugely entertaining” John Fleming, “Highly recommended, go see her”, Phil Jupitus “Bloody Marvelous”, Kate Copstick-The Scotsman) She was also Team Captain for political comedy panel show Comedy Manifesto during its Edinburgh run (Unbelievably jealous of all those of you that can catch this show every day’ ***** (



  • Finalist What the FrockBest stand-up Comedy Newcomer 2015.
  • Finalist Best Spoken Word Show 2015 North East Theatre Guide
  • Slam Champion, Spokes Amazepoetry slam 2015, Exeter.
  • Finalist Cheltenham Festival of LiteratureAll Stars Slam
  • Supporting John Hegley, Ian Cognito, Shappi Khorsandi  and Shazia Mirza on tour
  • Compering Cabaret tent Glastonbury 2015,2016 and 2017
  • Commissioned poet for the Winter Olympics.
  • Sell-out show at EdFringe 2015.




a tight observational routine with razor sharp ridicule and a high laughter content” B24/7


“From the moment Angie takes to the stage every line she delivers is crude, funny and instantly relatable and quite simply fun to watch. She is charming, silly and makes honest and awkward observation. At every point during her set you’re either laughing or catching your breath in preparation for the next fit of giggles.” Tara Pilkington, Apples and Snakes 2015
 The perfect start to the festival…sharp, observational material I could relate toNorth East Theatre Guide


Media for Angie


Stand-up Show reel here:

Half hour set here:

Recent poem performed here

Recent Review :

More information and reviews here


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