Melanie Branton took up spoken word at the age of 46 and since then has represented Bristol in two national slam finals and performed all over the UK with her blend of comic and serious poetry about her complicated background, her love for the English language and her 30-year failed quest for a boyfriend. Her first collection, My Cloth-Eared Heart, was published by Oversteps in 2017 and her second, Can You See Where I’m Coming From?, will be published by Burning Eye in late 2018.
“Melanie Branton is an unexpected poetry slap. The kind that makes your face tingle and your eyebrows sky rocket. She is funny, clever, ironic, dry, gripping, needed and you won’t see her coming until she is standing in your face.” – Liv Torc
“At the cloth-eared heart of it is Melanie Branton’s ability to conjure light from the darkness, comedy among the tragedy, and a magical absurdity out of the everyday.” – Brian Bilston
“A fantastic poet with a great mix of dry humour and real life heart and emotion” – Harry Baker