Award winning poet and Perth Poetry Slam champion, Benjamin Fincham-de Groot has been writing and performing poetry as Ben Riddle for the last five years.
Founding member of the Said Poets Society and winner of the 2014 Fred Simpson Prize for English Verse, Ben graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016, and now teaches performance poetry workshops around Perth. Ben has performed in Perth and Melbourne, and has had his work published in Australia, the United States and through Europe.
Ben writes poetry to challenge stigma around conversations about mental health, and to interrogate modern masculinity. He gave two Ted talks in 2017, and is preparing to tour university campuses with his show “The Cripple Who Is Whole” in 2018.