Joan Byrne is an award-winning photographer and writer. Her documentary photography is showcased in Feckham Peckham, published through Blurb. Recently she published Grave Art, a portrait of three south London cemeteries, for even in death there is art.
She is the winner of the inaugural Southwark snapper of the year award. Her photos have been exhibited at Dulwich Picture Gallery (prize winner in the Biennial Open), Globe Theatre, Space Station 65, Bankside Gallery, the Asylum and the Elephant & Castle underpass…
Joan is a published poet and has performed her poetry at venues including the Poetry Café, Conway Hall, Peckham Literary Festival, The Society Club and the Republic Bar in Tasmania.
A couple of her short stories can be read at Smoke: a London Peculiar. Hilary Mantel described one of Joan’s short stories as ‘an intriguing glimpse of lives colliding’.
She has written features for publications here and in the US (she lived in San Francisco for several years), and has won an award for a polemic on perfume.