Connor Sansby is a poet, publisher, events producer and social artist based in Margate, Kent. He began his writing career in 2014, writing rough guides to famous occultists before moving over to short fiction and poetry.
As a performer, he has visitied stages all over the South of England – Kent, London, Sussex, Essex – won a few slams and headlined dozens of gigs.
In 2019, Connor was an Associate Artist at Open School East, concentrating on neurodivergency in the arts.
Connor is perhaps most known for Whisky & Beards Publishing. Whisky & Beards was founded in 2014 during a prolonged bout of depression. As opposed to doing anything destructive, the company was intended as a creative outlet. Since then, it has gone on to publish some of the biggest rising stars in contemporary poetry and helped shape dozens of careers.
In 2019, Whisky & Beards was shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the Saboteur Awards. In 2020, Whisky & Beards was longlisted for the same award.
Connor is the current Tom Thumb Theatre poet-in-residence, where he helps promote shows by national touring acts, as well as hosting Tongue Punch, a monthly showcase of poetry. In 2019, Tongue Punch was a Special Mention in the Saboteur Awards for Best Regular Night.
He also hosts the Kentish Poetry Championship, a county-wide slam partnered with Margate Bookie. In 2018 and 2019, The Bookie Slam was featured as part of Faversham Literary Festival to sold-out crowds.
In the past, he has organised events for Margate Soul Festival, ran a poetry micro-residency scheme for Margate Festival (in 2018 and 2019 as part of the Turner Prize Festival) and hosted gigs in Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable.
From 2018 to 2019, Connor was Poetry Editor for Thanet Writers, a CIC dedicated to supporting local writing talent. He was responsible for curating the public submissions of poetry that came through, often providing the first publishing credit for many writers. He has since stepped back to take the role of Contributing Editor to focus on his own work.
Since 2017, he has led Postcard Poetry workshops and hand-outs across Kent for National and World Poetry days, giving out over 3000 poems to strangers on the street. Furthering this idea of giving presents to strangers, for October of that year, Connor organised a “Reverse Trick-or-Treat”, giving out black candles, bags of herbs and homemade voodoo dolls.