Freelance Artist, Poet and Publisher of Creative Energy Publications, mostly specialising in football poetry publications.
Ted’s work is generally light hearted, yet can be critical, social comment, surreal and sometimes semi technical. He provided illustrations for the Australian Consolidated Press, City of Westminster Archives, Educational Department and logos for businesses. Illustrations - bizarre and straightforward - and paintings for private commissions in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
He provided poems and illustrations for the Charlton Athletic FC, Centenary publication - Bartram Saves the Day - 2005. Telling a story of one family during WW2 and the club’s involvement. Sponsored by Greenwich Education Dept. and CAFC.
Illustrations for Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush 2007 - Julie Daniels.
One poem depicting the 400 year history of Charlton House, for Charlton Manor School.
Drama Packs for for Schools:
Crossing the White Line : The Walter Tull Story - 2008. Authors: Peter Daniel and Phil Vasily. The highly respected man who rose from an orphanage to play football for Tottenham Hotspurs and Northampton Town FCs and later became the first black officer in the British Army.
Black and Blue: the Paul Canoville Story 2008/9. Author: Peter Daniel. Chelsea FCs first black footballer and his battle to overcome his own club’s fans’ racial prejudice and the demons of drink, drug addiction and cancer.
A Genius In The Heart Of London, A story of Charles Darwin, living in Westminster, London - November 2009.
Following the Charlton Athletic FC victory over Sunderland FC at the old Wembley stadium in 1998, he was challenged to produce a book of poems about the game; resulting in Charlton Athletic FC, The Greatest Team on Earth. One Fan’s Story in Poetry, verse and epigrams on the Play-Off Final. Reprinted 2001. This told him there were people in football who liked a bit of poetry and people in poetry who enjoyed a bit of football. Aided by the Professional Footballers’ Association he published Football: Pure Poetry. An anthology of football poems by UK football fans. 1999. 86 pages telling the story of going to and being at a game, half time, the women, beer and going home. Again the PFA backed him with Football: Pure Poetry - 2 (The Return Match), telling of players, games and events from 1911 to The 2002 World Cup. Dec 2002. 107 pages.
Others followed including Going To The Match - Ralph Hancock. One ten-page poem inspired by the great painting of the same name by LS Lowry and his life. A Century Apart. 2006 – written by Peter Daniel. Two stories in verse, telling the lives of Arthur Wharton, 1865-1930 – attributed as the first black professional footballer in England, and Paul Elliott, who played in England, Scotland and Italy. Scottish footballer of the year 1991 and recipient of MBE for his involvement in anti racism campaigns.
Ted has been an organiser of Poets Anonymous, Croydon, since 1991 helping bring them from a house-to-house workshop group to one known in many poetry organisations in the UK.
He has helped with ten Poetry Plus festivals and read with them at festivals and on the, now absent, Croydon FM.
He has been judge, jury and executioner for children’s and adults’ poetry competitions; undertaken poetry and art workshops (often with Crispin Thomas, Football Poets) for children in schools, libraries and football clubs in London and Surrey, and for inmates at four prisons in Wales; read in poetry venues and theatres from Chichester to Edinburgh inside and outside the the Poetry Libraries in London and Edinburgh; and appeared on BBC radio stations in England and Wales, for television’s News 24, and as guest of the West End Gospel Choir at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Currently completing the last poems for his forthcoming book ‘At the Backs of Shops and Houses’ and working with Peter Evans at
Croydon Radio on the monthly Poets Anonymous Poetry programme and loving every moment of it. Poets Anonymous meet on the first Friday of each month, now at the new venue of Matthews Yard.
Podcast of Ted Smith-Orr talking to Croydon Radio programme presenter Maria Kay. (1 hour programme)