Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian, and programmer working across Bristol’s voluntary, educational and arts sectors. Edson completed a wide ranging thesis of the Church of England’s Response to African Caribbean Migration in 2004 at the University of the West of England. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, Cultural continuities between Africa & the New World.. He has been an advisor to Bristol’s major exhibitions on the transatlantic slave trade held respectively at the City Museum (1999) and the former Empire & Commonwealth Museums (2007) and a consultant on a range of grass roots projects including Dub Plate to Dub Step (2012-2013).
Edson has worked for a variety of third sector organisations including: Kuumba Arts Centre as the coordinator of Bristol’s Black History Month and librarian of the African Caribbean specialist Library (1997-2004); Multi-Faith Forum development officer (2005-2007); LGBT Forum researcher; Trinity Arts Centre as the coordinator for HLF & Arts Council funded projects (2009-2015).
Edson has written a wide range of chapters, articles, reports, essays, and reviews for local and national online and print publications including Bristol Ethnic Minorities and the City (2007), the Black Theology in Britain:A Reader (2007), Journal of the George Bell Institute (2005, 2007), Venue & the Bristol review of Books (2008, 2012). He is co author of the Report Under One Sky (2009) a seminal study of BME LGBT experiences in Bristol, What’s Your Trinity Story (2011) and a study of Bristol’s Old Market ward Vice & Virtue (2014).
Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet (Seasoned 2008) and writer for theatre and radio. Two of his Radio dramas, the Armour of Immanuel (2007), the Chosen One (2009), have been Radio Four’s pick of the week. A long standing associate of Bristol’s Watershed Cinema Edson has curated the highly regarded Afrofuturist season (2014) which formed part of the BFI’S Fear and Wonder Sc-Fi season.
Edson delivers, talks, lecturers, and workshops, across the educational sector, on diversity, storytelling, history, & creative writing. He is a Fellow of the George Bell Institute and artist in residence at Watershed, Bristol.