Brian Bilston

Brian Bilston

I'm a poet and novelist; occasionally I have been described as 'the Poet Laureate of Twitter'.

I write about the stuff of everyday, cats and cuppas, buses and bin days. I also sometimes write poems in unconventional formats. In a Venn diagram, maybe. Or embedded in an Excel spreadsheet or on a Scrabble board. Don't ask me why I do that. I just do.

'You Took the Last Bus Home', a collection of many of the poems I've shared on social media, was published in 2016 by Unbound. My next book 'Diary of a Somebody' combines poetry and fiction and will be published by Picador in June 2019.

I won the Great British Write Off competition in 2015 - and was the Poet in Residence for the World Economic Forum in 2016. In recent times, there have been features on me on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the BBC news website, the Irish Times, Independent and the Smithsonian Magazine. Most of these features seem to have largely centred around my pipe.

Here's a short video that the BBC made. WARNING: may contain poems:

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    Brian Bilston has decided to write a poem every day for a year while he tries to repair his ever-desperate life. His ex-wife has taken up with a new man, a marketing guru and motivational speaker who seems to be disturbingly influencing his son, Dylan....

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