God Save The Teen takes us through the side streets of modern Britain, finding love and loss within the fractured estates and beleaguered communities and pays homage to the likes of Johnny Cash, Alan Moore and Nottingham's own Brian Clough in a slide tackling style of poetry, which is all the writers own. There is an honesty here, a heart on sleeve, soul searching rhythm which is never more apparent than in his acclaimed one person show, which sits at the centre of this brutal, sometimes funny, always emotional brand new collection. Partly hopeful, partly nostalgic it's a gritty, chaotic and curious rhetoric, perfectly in keeping with the post-Brexit, uneasy atmosphere of an increasingly out of control, faltering modernity.
Andrew Graves has been avoiding a real job for a few years now, preferring instead to spend his time missing trains and writing poetry. As no one has tried to stop him he sees no reason not to continue with this aimless lifestyle. His first full collection Light at the end of the Tenner was released in 2014 and was described by Jean 'Binta' Breeze as 'A breath of fresh air.' 2015 saw the debut of his Saboteur Award Shortlisted show God Save The Teen - essentially a story about growing up and getting it wrong. He is currently writing this biography. Don't let the third person thing fool you, it's definitely me/him.