Bryony Bates

Bryony Bates is a writer and performer based in Manchester. Her debut solo pamphlet States was published in 2017 by Enjoy Your Homes Press.  She has also been published in Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Manchester, Adjacent Pineapple and The Other Room’s 2017 anthology. Her credits as a performer include She Bangs The Drums, 15 Minutes and There is a Light: Brightlight with Contact Young Company, and solo work at RITE.



In poetry and essay, Bryony Bates examines romance, queer BDSM fantasies, fandom, and pornography through the lens of slash fic written by fans of the TV series Hannibal.


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