South West Writers

Matt Bryden

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About the Author

Matt is a poet and teacher, which has taken him to Poland, the Czech Republic and South Sudan. His pamphlet Night Porter, which documents life in a Yorkshire hotel, was a winner of the Templar Pamphlet and Collection award 2010. His first collection Boxing the Compass was launched at Keats House in 2013, and is divided into compass points covering teaching, Eastern Europe, childhood, illness and death. In the same year, his translation of the Taiwanese poet Ami, The Desire to Sing after Sunset, was launched at the Taipei Literature Festival. His Poetry Map, a free online teaching resource, has been used in places as far afield as California university and a primary school in Taunton.

Since moving to Somerset from London, Matt has worked as Writer Co-mentor with the Arvon Foundation on their ‘Teachers as Writers’ project, as Creative Learning Leader with Story Door – for whom he used creative writing to raise literacy in schools – and as a Poetry Practitioner with the Courtyard, using poetry with patients with dementia. He also teaches poetry classes at schools across the South West for the Poetry Society. He runs the Somerset Young Poets Competition.

Recent Publications

Boxing the Compass , Templar , 2013
Night Porter , Templar , 2010

Current Events/Projects

The Poetry Map 2017 A free online resource for teachers and students designed to involve students with poetry

Awards and Residencies

Poet in Residence , 2017 , Ashbourne Festival
Shortlisted in Keats-Shelley Prize 2017 , 2017
Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2017 , 2017
Hawthornden Fellow , 2015
Winner of Templar Pamphlet Prize , 2013

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