Are you here because someone has made you write some copy for a show I’m doing and you haven’t got a clue who I am? No worries, here I am self aggrandizing in the third person, gross.
Â One of BBC poetry seasonâ€™s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nationâ€™s most prestigious literary and music festivals. He has performed several times on television and national radio, including Channel 4â€™s Random Acts, Radio 4â€™s Bespoken Word and BBC 3â€™s The Verb. He hasÂ written and presented several documentaries including â€˜Hell Is Other Peopleâ€™ a self help guide to social anxiety, ‘How To Turn Your Life Around’ and ‘The Glasgow Boys: From Chaos To Calm’ for BBC Radio Four.Â He was poet in residence for the South West of England for Apples and Snakeâ€™s ground breaking poetry project My Place or Yours. His first collectionÂ Barking DoggerelÂ was released May 2010 by Nasty Little Press. He was co-founder, compere, producer and programmer for one of The UKâ€™s most highly regarded Spoken Word nights at The Bristol Old Vic. Byron has worked as a writer and performer on severalÂ theatreÂ projects including The RSCâ€™s Midsummer Nightâ€™s dreaming. He is also co-creator of bespoke storytelling project Made Up, which in its first year won commissions from both MAYKâ€™s Mayfest in Bristol and Escalator East. Byron has directed two shows for Battersea arts Centre’s Homegrown Company. HeÂ was a resident writer at Bristolâ€™s Kill Your Darlings alongside Nathan Filer, Molly Naylor, Nikesh Shukla and Chelsey Flood. His debut solo show Talk About Something You Like received much critical acclaim for itâ€™s poignant and personal exploration of the mental health system. He has recently written for The Guardian and Radio 4â€²s Four Thought. He is a popular keynote speaker and regularly gives talks on social issues to charities, police forces, government bodies and the private sector. Byron is a proud ambassador for mental health charity Rethink, an organisation that tackles stigma around issues of mental health. He is currently working on a memoir and several radio, television and theatre projects see gigs section for tour dates.
Nice things people have said:
“Byron Vincent plays with language like it lives, he has the ability to stretch words almost to breaking point then snap them back to meaning like nothing ever happened. He tells funny hard poems about things that are true” Kate Tempest
” One of the best things I have ever seen. If we could book him every night we would.” Bang Said The Gun
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