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

In the '00s, Astley founded the poetry press Rain over Bouville, whose past and future titles include Leila Soltau's Unsteady and Astley's The One-Sided Coin, respectively. A graduate of Ruskin College and Oxford University, he has published several short collections of poetry including The Gallows-Humored Melody (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016) and Reasons Not to Live There (Sabotage Reviews Recommended Release of 2011). His poems have appeared in a range of publications including Agenda, Allegro, Disclaimer, Northampton Poetry Review and The Punch, and is forthcoming in And Other Poems.

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, whose latest album is Burn the Branches.

When not working on original material, Astley writes reviews, mainly for The Poetry School. He (very occasionally) blogs at rainoverbouville.wordpress.com.

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