James Byrne

Visiting Lecturer


James Byrne is a poet, editor, translator and visual artist. His most recent poetry collections are Places you Leave (Arc Publications, 2022) and Of Breaking Glass (Broken Sleep Books, 2022). For fifteen years he was the editor of The Wolf and he has co-edited and co-translated various anthologies, including Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry to be published in English (Arc, 2012), I am a Rohingya, the first book of Rohingya refugee poems in English and Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics (Edge Hill University Press/Arc, 2017). With the author, he co-translated Libyan poet Ashur Etwebi (Five Scenes from a Failed Revolution, Arc 2022). Forrest Gander writes that Places you Leave is ‘restlessly energetic and politically insistent…these are knife-sharp glimpses of the world.’ James Byrne is a Reader in Contemporary Literature at Edge Hill University in the UK.