Ron Gibson Jr, poet & Pushcart Prize nominated writer of fiction

“Strong stuff. Stark & sexy & smart. Wow!”


Christopher Downing, author of ‘Van Gogh in Peppers’

“A powerful, beautiful interpretation of bipolar and depression by Holly Daffurn. Wow.”


Richard Green, poet

“Holly writes with real passion and rare clarity.”


Leon Priestnall, performance poet & promoter of Howl

“Witty, moving and heartfelt – Holly Daffurn’s poetry can make you laugh, tug at the heart strings and inspire.”


Laila Hamdaoui, editor in chief of LAHA Magazine

“Holly is on the pulse…splendid, passionate and excellent.”


Randy Luna, award-winning fashion designer, stylist, actor & dancer

“Holly is phenomenal. A beautiful writer who knows her craft and really connects with people.”


Keri Davies, writer & producer for the BBC

“I love Holly’s wit, honesty and verbal felicity…her shoes are spectacular too.”


It was a real honour to be asked to perform as a featured artist at The Opus Club Summer Ball Canal Cruise. The event was reviewed by Will Pace of Nubi Magazine.

Professional writer and poet Holly Daffurn was next to take up the mantle, with a series of stark poems that tempered the light of the occasion with a compelling reminder of the power and purpose inherent in spoken word.  For Russia With Love dove head-first down the rabbit hole of Russia’s wanton and flagrant disregard of the right to decide and act upon ones own sexual identity:

“Sex is a matter of lock and key but it’s the souls that need to fit, not the biology”.

Intimacy further elaborated on the strength of the spoken word: “to lick someone with your language is the most intimate of acts”, and looking down the boat, each and every face wore plain a deep-seated agreement.  Artists with Dirty Fingers was her coup de grâce, a paean of prose to the creative: “come to me paint smeared” and “pervert the rule of thirds” – the rallying cries of a poet at the mercy of the art.

The full review can be found here: