Melanie Branton is a spoken word artist from North Somerset. She has two published collections, Can You See Where I’m Coming From? (Burning Eye, 2018) and My Cloth-Eared Heart (Oversteps, 2017) and has performed in headline slots at spoken word nights from Plymouth to Newcastle.

Her eclectic, boundary-busting work encompasses both page poetry and spoken word, both literary poetry and more populist forms, and ranges between the comic, the reflective and the hardhitting.

She has worked with young people at FE, university and secondary levels for more than fifteen years and has extensive experience of organising community events.

“Melanie Branton is an unexpected poetry slap – funny, clever, ironic, dry, gripping, needed and you won’t see her coming until she is standing in your face.” – Liv Torc

“Melanie lit up Milk Poetry’s stage at Valley Festival. Her infectious playfulness with words cajoled an entire tent full of children and their parents into giggly stitches. A poet who can get everyone chanting ‘Knut! Knut! Knut!’ – while fearlessly donning underwear on her head – is always going to win the hearts of young poets and storytellers in the making.” – Beth Calverley, Milk Poetry