Dr John Clarke

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Extension: 5314

Telephone: 01392 725314

Office Hours: Tues 15.00-17.00 Thurs 15:00-16:00. Book here


Dr John Wedgwood Clarke (Queens Building Rm 218) is a poet, prose nonfiction writer, editor and academic. He builds creative-critical dialogue and collaborative practices into his writing and teaching. 


His new poetry collection, Landfill, explores the poetics of rubbish and marine ecology. It was funded by Arts Council England and The Leverhulme Trust. Poems have been included in PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, POEM, Poetry Wales, The New Statesman, The Guardian and others. Dr Clarke was interviewed and read from the collection on BBCR4 Today Programme.


Recent public-art poetry commissions include ‘Above 8’ for the Offshore exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery & Hull Maritime Museum for Invisible Dust/Hull2017, and Voices Over Water for Caloustie Gulbenkian Foundation. 


These commission inform his new poetry projects Red River and Blowhole, which situates an ecological perspective within the context of historic and contemporary representations of the landscape of South West England.


Dr Clarke was born and raised in West Penwith, Cornwall. His current lifewriting project explores his Cornish childhood and move to London to train as an actor the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is represented by literary agency RCW.


His TV credits as a presenter include the documentaries The Books that Made Britain (2016) and Through the Lens of Larkin (2017), both for BBC4.


He is UK and Ireland Editor for Arc Publications.