Bryan was born in Edinburgh in 1975, grew up in the Scottish Borders, and has gradually migrated south, to where he currently resides in the capital of Wales. On the way he has accumulated various degrees (including a PhD in music) and has been a barman, a jobbing musician, a sommelier, a wine merchant, a high school teacher, a pub landlord, a waiter in a Michelin-starred restaurant, and is finally a barman again. He also writes. Mainly poetry, but also short fiction, and has a short novel in a drawer awaiting further attention. He also performs at numerous spoken word events. Every week he runs Cardiff Bay Writing Group, where like-minded people meet to read, discuss and write poetry and short prose.