Ben Mellor is writer, performer and facilitator who has worked in theatres, festivals, schools, colleges and prisons nationally and internationally. He has created seven touring theatre shows incorporating spoken word, storytelling, theatre, music, beatbox and vocal looping. As a facilitator and director, Ben has worked with hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds in schools, colleges, universities, theatres, community centres and prisons. He has worked in partnership with venues and organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Contact, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Manchester Literature Festival and Shakespeare Schools Festival. Ben has featured on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra, the World Service and a variety of poetry podcasts, and is a former BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion and winner of the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award. He is currently Youth Theatre Director with Collective Encounters.