Can You See Where I'm Coming From? by Melanie Branton
Spangles and Space Dust. Overboiled cabbage. Clotted cream. Placki ziemniaczane. Can You See Where I'm Coming From? examines the ingredients that have made Melanie Branton who she is, from a 1970s working-class childhood to a Dickensian boarding school, from bogus Cornishness to a stint teaching in Poland.
Melanie Branton was born in 1968 in Exeter and has worked as a teacher of English and Drama, an assistant theatre director and a full-time carer. She began writing poetry in her forties and took up spoken word in 2014 at the age of 46. She came second in the 2014 Bristol Poetry Festival Slam, won the Bristol regional final of the 2015 Hammer and Tongue slam and has appeared as a featured artist at spoken word nights across the south west, including Rhymewarp and Pucker Poets in Plymouth, Poetry Island and Stanza Extravaganza in Torquay, Taking the Mic in Exeter and Raise the Bar, Milk, Satellite of Love and Hammer and Tongue in Bristol. She is also widely published in online and print poetry journals and her first collection of page poetry, My Cloth-Eared Heart was published by Oversteps Books in 2017.
"A fantastic poet with a great mix of dry humour and real-life heart and emotion" Harry Baker; "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