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James Bunting

James Bunting was born and raised in Bristol. He started writing aged 13 and doing nothing with his poems until, at 18, a chance encounter with three American performance poets introduced him to a style of poetry that proved the jump-start for his writing. Since that night, James has performed extensively throughout the UK, including at literature festivals, music festivals and slams alongside some inspirational poets. His writing has been described as powerful and emotive, and his performances regularly leave audiences in awed silence. Conkers is his debut collection and features many of the poems that have taken him across the country over the past eight years. James now lives in London and works in PR. He also currently runs a monthly poetry night, The Poetry Archivist, in London.


Some things that people have said:

"James Bunting's evocative approach to poetical storytelling offered up a touching love letter to the city of Bristol that was delivered with such understated flair and effortless finesse that it may have been my poem of the night. Certainly the audience seemed to agree, exploding from an immersed silence to roaring applause as his final words rolled off the stage." — The Speakers Corner


"The strength of Stroud Slam champion, James Bunting, is his speech-like performances. This guy was designed for the stage– he delivers his lines with such a natural clarity and certainty that you’ll refuse to believe he wasn’t a world leader in a past life." — Cheltenham Review


"James Bunting draws us back to the recognition of poetry as an art with an unparalleled ability to expose the most vulnerable and oft disguised realms of our psyche." — The Oxford Student


Previous gigs:

Past gigs have included Latitude Festival (Suffolk), Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Hammer & Tongue (Bristol, London), Bath Literature Festival, Dylan Thomas Weekend (Laugharne), Chill Pill (London), Bang Said the Gun (London), Come Rhyme with Me (London, Brighton), Blahblahblah (Bristol), Speak Up! (Birmingham) and Forked (Plymouth).


Slam wins include Swindon Literature Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Stroud Literature Festival, Bang Said the Gun Raw Meat Stew, Hammer & Tongue, and Bristol Poetry Festival plus runner-up twice in the UK All Star Slam Championship.

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Photography by Mike Buck