BRIDGWATER and Taunton College library celebrates writing and diversity, as part of Literature Works’ showcase of South West writing talent.

It is hosting the fifth of Word on Tour’s 26 events on February 23, which will be attended by Nikesh Shukla is the author of Costa Award-shortlisted Coconut Unlimited and Meatspace and poet, performer, documentary writer and Mental Health ambassador, Byron Vincent.

Nikesh is also editor of the highly regarded, The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays written by 21 British writers of colour.

The essays offer personal insights into race and immigration in the UK. Chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week and with 50,000 sales, its sequel, The Good Journal, is due to be published in April 2018.

He recently was awarded major funding to create The Good Literary Agency to do just that.

With a third novel due out soon, a debut book for Young Adults out later this year and many a journalist’s deadline, the College is excited that he’s taking time out to of his busy schedule.

He is joined by poet, performer, documentary writer and Mental Health ambassador, Byron Vincent.

One of BBC poetry season’s New Talent Choices, and known for his unsettlingly perceptive wit, Byron is a regular on the UK’s festival circuit.

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He has performed on Channel 4, BBC and Radio 4, where he has spoken about his own experiences of growing up in the care system.

His most recent Radio 4 documentary, Glasgow Boys: From Chaos to Calm, offers candid insights into the many causes of violence and advocates a successful scheme that brings peace to otherwise chaotic lives.

Currently touring his latest theatre show, Live Before You Die, Byron’s debut solo show Talk About Something You Like received much critical acclaim for it’s poignant and personal exploration of the mental health system.

It will be held in Lecture Theatre A, Taunton Campus and starts at 1.30pm. This event is largely aimed at the student community.

However, a limited number of £5 tickets are available for purchase by the general public, via Eventbrite