Brian Bilston b. 1959

Described by some (specifically, his mother, father and cat) as the "Poet Laureate of Twitter," Mr. Bilston is a poet clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery. Very little is known about him other than the fragments of information revealed on social media: his penchant for tank tops, his enjoyment of Vimto, his dislike of Jeremy Clarkson. In 2014 he became the first person to retain the title of Pipe Smoker of the Year [Poetry Section], and, over the years, he has won numerous awards for cycling proficiency, first aid, and general tidiness. He also won the 2015 Great British Write Off competition. A collection of his poetry, You Took the Last Bus Home, will be published by Unbound in 2016.

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