Edson Burton is a writer, working across poetry, radio and theatre, but poetry is at the heart of all his work. His work reflects the cross generational plural experience of growing up in Britain as a second generation person of African Caribbean descent. He counts visceral poetry and musical poetry as his main inspiration whether Wilfred encountered in a journey across the cultural and class map of Britain. Among his radio dramas, the afternoon plays Armour of Immanuel (2007), the Chosen One (2009), Deacon (2017) have been selected as BBC Radio 4 listening highlights. He has become an active member of the programming and curatorial collective Come the Revolution supported by Watershed Cinema. He has been a consultant and coordinator for a range of history projects in Bristol including most recently a study of Bristol’s Old Market ward, Vice & Virtue (2014), and Black South West Network’s Race Through the Generations. He is a regular commentator on local and national radio and television. His television appearances include the Hairy Bikers series Pubs that Made Britain (2015), Books that Made Britain Bristol (2016) and Lost Civilizations Series 1: The Remains of Slavery (2017). He is a board member of the public art producer Situations Ltd and of Afrikaeye Film Festival, and founder member of Kiki Bristol.
Events featuring this speaker
Old Market is a barometer of Bristol and British history. Edson Burton charts the fascinating journey with a range of anecdotes drawn from interviews with past and present residents.
Futur Ville is a series of events inspired by the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policy.
The grant holders from the social innovation grant scheme talk about their experiences and what they have planned.