Matt Bryden

Matt is a poet and father living in Devon.

He has published a prize-winning pamphlet Night Porter (Templar), a first collection Boxing the Compass (Templar) and a book of translation The Desire to Sing after Sunset (ShowWe).

His pamphlet The Glassblower’s House was a winner of Live Canon’s pamphlet competition 2022.

Go to Matt’s own website

Poetry Map

Matt Bryden, in co-operation with American artist and web-designer Jon Munson II, has published a pioneering online collection of poems.

Poetry Map is split into 4 ‘paths,’ each with an interactive, on-screen Google-based map showing the location of each poem’s setting or composition. These four sequences – WitnessA Discipline, Czech Film and Singles – range from a stationary carriage of the Amtrak to the arrowhead-rich soil of Blast Hill, Kintyre. Readers can navigate the paths, each grouped around a theme, by clicking below each poem. A Random option allows poems to be read out of sequence, jumping continent and context.

In addition, handwritten drafts, on-site audio recordings and even a transliteration into phonemic script (used for teaching pronunciation) provide further ‘information’ for the poems, accessible via ‘magic tickets.’

Poetry Map is an online-only experience, and hopes to combine technology with the process of engaging with poetry. Matt’s map can be seen at

An example of Matt’s poetry, first published in the Writer’s Cafe magazine: