Dr John Clarke

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Extension: 5314

Telephone: 01392 725314

Office Hours: Tues 14.30-16.00 Fri 11:30-13:00. 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.


Dr Clarke is a co-investigator on the £700k AHRC-funded project 'Wastes and Strays: The Past Present and Future of English Urban Commons', a collaboration between The University of Exeter, The Universty of Newcastle and the University of Brighton.


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 commissions inform his new poetry project Red River: Listening to a Polluted River which explores global river pollution and the emotional impact of environmental damage through a small polluted river in West Cornwall.


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.