Brian Bilston is clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery. He has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate. With over 50,000 followers, numbering J. K. Rowling, Roger McGough and Frank Cottrell Boyce amongst many, many other luminaries, Brian has become truly beloved by the Twitter community. His first collection, You Took the Last Bus Home, was published by Unbound. He 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 him on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the BBC news website, the Irish Times, the Independent and the Smithsonian Magazine. Most of these features seem to have largely centred around his pipe.
Brian Bilston is a laureate for our fractured times, a wordsmith
who cares deeply about the impact his language makes as it dances
before our eyes -- Ian McMillan
If you like a) laughing or b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston. -- Richard Osman
Bilston is no stranger to crafting cleverly composed poetry. * Huffington Post *
Part John Cooper Clarke, part Frank Sidebottom. Brian's minimalist homages . . . are all brilliant. * Esquire *
Brian Bilston is bringing poetry to the masses . . . with his topical, witty, thoughtful and accessible poems. * Irish Times *