Liz Bentley

Liz Bentley is a writer, poet, comedienne, host, programmer, producer, musician, mother, psychotherapist and insomniac.  She was born in Essex in 1964 and moved to London at 21. She lives in Peckham with her two children.   

Liz sought psychotherapy at 23.  Struggling with bulimia, drugs, relationships, abuse and the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, her therapy allowed her to be creative and provided a way of making sense of her difficulties.

During her analysis she trained as a counsellor.  She presently works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in primary care in Southwark, has a private practice and is one of the quirkiest voices on the UK’s spoken word scene. 

  Liz Bentley  
“Refreshingly off the wall” 

“Liz is such an effortless performer and writer”
“very very funny” 


“more constructive criticism of CBT please”
— Southbank audience 

“Like a female Ivor Cutler” 

“A peculiar cross between Tracey Emin and Josie Long”

“She’s a good swimmer” — The Scotsman
“Bentley has such a warm, open personality that we’ve yet to see an audience fail to be drawn in and love her. The fact that she has a keen talent for observation and self-deprecation adds to the enjoyment and she is also, simply, hilarious” — The Londonist








Liz Bentley  

Since winning Short Fuse Poetry Idol, then Poetry Idol the Rivals in 2003, Liz’s writing and performance has gone from strength to strength.  Armed with her Casio keyboard and ukulele she has been featured at events such as Ledbury Poetry Festival, London Literature Festival at Southbank and Alternative Village Fete, National Theatre.  She has had three successful Edinburgh shows (2008 being in Edinburgh’s only swimming pool venue, a solo show then hosting over 100 other writers/performers in the pool).

Liz’s experiences of mental health and multiple sclerosis have taken her into disability arts, performing at events such as Bonkersfest, Mad Pride, Mad Chicks, Liberty festival (Liberty laureate 2009), Da Da festival and therapy conferences.  She strives to smash the apartheid between disability and mainstream arts. 

"£500 a line and other poems" (the title of her latest book) was a tongue-in-cheek response to the pressure of winning a £5000 writing commission from Shape (disability arts) as part of the Cultural Olympiad.  The original ten-line poem 'Comfortably' was the starting point of the work.  Liz performed the final piece at the Southbank in July 2009 as part of the London Literature Festival. With Arts Council funding and support from Apples and Snakes, her show CBT, Crash Bash Trash (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Can Tick Box/Can’t Tick Box) toured the UK in 2011.

Liz is currently producing the creative word at Da Da International Festival 2012 and writing her new show AAA Rating (Age Anxiety and Alzheimers) for Da Da and other festivals.  

Her books "£500 a line and other poems" and "Tales in the Deep End" are available from this website and Amazon.