Edson Burton

Dr Edson Burton’s career in creative writing began with poetry as part of Bristol Black Writers. In 2008 his first collection of poetry Seasoned was published by Bristol-based publishing company City Chameleon. His first full length production was the acclaimed Children of Salt. He has written plays for theatre and for Radio 4, including De Wife of Bristol, which was broadcast on October 6th 2014. He has been lead researcher, consultant and coordinator of various heritage projects including most recently Vice and Virtue: Discovering the History of Old Market. He has co-curated a number of events in partnership with the Watershed Media Centre, including the Beyond the Boundary Conference 2012 and the Bristol Afrofuturism strand of the BFI Sci-Fi season. Edson has programmed talks and events in support of the screening of 12 Years A Slave, Selma, and 20 Feet from Stardom, and is a regular guest on several Radio 4 and local radio programs including Poetry Please and Off the Page. In addition Edson wrote a historical drama to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the Trans-atlantic slave trade. Nanny of the Maroons was broadcast on regional radio in 2007.

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