Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor. He is two-time national poetry slam champion - 2017 BBC Poetry Slam and 2013 UK All-Stars Poetry Slam - and has appeared everywhere from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. His debut solo show, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. He has also written commissions for BBC Radio 4, Southbank Centre, IdeasTap, and Ditch the Label, among others, and was recently writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd. He is currently developing a new show about elite sport, 'The Distance', which has been supported variously by the Roundhouse, Nonsuch Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, BBC Radio 4, and the Yard Theatre.
Ben studied at the University of Birmingham before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is from Nottingham, and is currently poet-in-residence for Nottinghamshire Libraries, and a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He also plays Ben Archer in ‘The Archers’ on BBC Radio 4.