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

A graduate of Ruskin College and Oxford University, Astley 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, 2012). His writing has appeared/is appearing in Agenda, The London Magazine, Poetry London, and more. He is editor of the poetry press Rain over Bouville, whose titles include Leila Soltau's Unsteady and Astley's The One-Sided Coin (

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 Folk Operetta, which he describes as 'a queer runaway myth of two young friends and their fall from grace in Dixie'. 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 and posts at and, respectively.

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