writer / performer / broadcaster / activist / public speaker
One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, Byron Vincent is a regular at the nation’s most prestigious literary and music festivals. He has performed several times on television and national radio, including Channel 4’s Random Acts, Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and BBC 3’s The Verb. He has written and presented several documentaries including ‘Hell Is Other People’ 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. He was poet in residence for the South West of England for Apples and Snake’s ground breaking poetry project My Place or Yours. His first collection Barking Doggerel was released May 2010 by Nasty Little Press. He was co-founder, compere, producer and programmer for one of The UK’s most highly regarded Spoken Word nights at The Bristol Old Vic. Byron has worked as a writer and performer on several theatre projects including The RSC’s Midsummer Night’s dreaming. He is also co-creator of bespoke storytelling project Made Up, which in its first year won commissions from both MAYK’s Mayfest in Bristol and Escalator East. Byron has directed two shows for Battersea arts Centre’s Homegrown Company. He was a resident writer at Bristol’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 it’s poignant and personal exploration of the mental health system. He has recently written for The Guardian and Radio 4′s 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 charities Rethink and Mental Health Foundation. He is currently working on a memoir and several radio, film and theatre projects see gigs section for tour dates.
photo: Matty Groves