Peter Wyton takes you into uncharted poetry territory. Turn up prepared to have your thoughts provoked and your ribs tickled as he takes a look at the world through an oddly angled lens that allows him to see things often missed by others. A widely published and prize-winning poet, he has appeared at venues as diverse as Words Tent Glastonbury Festival, Ledbury, Swindon, Ribchester Music, Dartmouth, Brighton, Henley, Aldeburgh, Wells, Three Choirs, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Oxford TV, Lewes Prison, schools and Arts Centres and Theatres nation-wide. He was Poet Laureate for Gloucestershire Millennium Project 2007-2008. In December 2010, Peter’s poem ‘Pawn Promoted’ earned a nomination from the magazine ‘The Raintown Review’ for the prestigious American Pushcart Prize. The winning poems will be announced in May, 2011.
His poetry has also been heard on B.B.C. Radio 2 and Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please and ‘Something Understood'
and has appeared in the national press and the small poetry press. He was twice nominated for the Forward prize and appeared in the 1997 anthology. His 8th collection, 'Not All Men Are From Mars', being sold to raise funds for Women's aid, has endorsements from Jo Brand and others; and ‘The Ship In The City’ for Gloucester Cathedral Fabric Fund.
Peter is currently appearing on Mark Cumming’s morning show on B.B.C. Radio Gloucestershire on the first Monday of each month as the station’s Breakfast Bard. ‘The Peter Wyton poem’ also appears monthly in ‘Cotswold Life’. His verses have appeared in the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express.
Peter is the winner of 20 performance poetry Slams and more than 20 written competitions, including Wilkins Memorial, Birmingham; Cheltenham Competitive Festival; Southport; The Royal British Legion; New Forest; Poetry Life, Ware, Bradford; Northampton; Orlando Consort; and Leeds Peace Prize. He captained Hammer & Tongue International Team Slam against U.S.A. 2004.
'We don't normally publish poetry but this is so good we will break our own rules.' - Sandra Barwick, Daily Telegraph
'The guy from Oxford who did the life of the planet - want to hear more, much more of him - and that poem - stunning. He is a genius and that was our favourite poem of the evening.' - George Monbiot, Guardian columnist
'..stimulating, sensual, pacey, eclectic, surreal..' - Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
'..star of the performance poetry world. Ready with irony, riddled with wordplay acute with enquiry..' - Ledbury Poetry Festival instigator