Matt Bryden (England) read at the 2014 John Hewitt International Summer School, alongside Vona Groarke.
Born and raised in Beckenham, Matt Bryden is an EFL teacher whose work has taken him to Tuscany, the Czech Republic and Poland. He has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College and his pamphlet, Night Porter, was a winner of the 2010 Templar Pamphlet Competition. His first full collection, Boxing the Compass, was published by Templar in 2013. His work is widely published in the UK, while his translations of the work of Taiwanese poet Ami have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation and (in collaboration with Ingrid Fan) The Desire to Sing after Sunset.
Matt’s “Poetry Map” is an interactive collection of 67 poems navigable by four separate paths. It includes downloadable worksheets for teachers and students and won an honorary mention in the Turned On Literature Prize 2017. Matt was a winner of the inaugural Literature Matters award from the Royal Society of Literature and has run the Somerset Young Poets competition, as well as working with the Poetry Society, the Arvon Foundation, the John Betjeman Foundation and the George Orwell Society.
Matt at Templar: https://templarpoetry.com/collections/matt-bryden
The Poetry Map: http://www.mattbryden.co.uk/Matt_Bryden/PoetryMap/
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