Humphrey 'Huck' Astley is a poet and musician based in Oxford, England.

In the '00s, Astley founded Rain over Bouville, a poetry press, and was a member of the much-loved metal band Sextodecimo. He has since studied at Ruskin College and Oxford University and published several short collections of poetry, most recently The Gallows-Humored Melody (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016). In the meantime his poetry has appeared in magazines including Agenda and Ash, and his new pamphlet The One-Sided Coin is due in 2018.

In 2010, Huck and the Handsome Fee embarked on a US tour that would inspire Astley's three-part narrative album Alexander the Great, a 'queer runaway myth' set in the American South. Then, in 2013, Huck and the Xander Band adapted Alexander into a PRS Foundation stage-show, which debuted at The Cambridge Junction in 2014 and has since been described as 'Raw and powerful... an impressive display of visual flair and mesmerising songwriting' (York Press). He is also a member of The Epstein, who released their third album Burn the Branches in 2016.

When not working on original material, Astley is a critic for publications such as Sabotage Reviews and The Poetry School. He blogs at

Rich, poetic story-songs.” Artrocker

Thank the swirling chaos for Humphrey Astley... His poems are precisely-contained worlds.” Black Heart

A brilliant and unique talent.” Americana UK

The verbal content is phenomenally well‐handled... His poems do what others' only purport to do.” David McLean

A true artist.” Monolith Cocktail