Dr John Clarke

Public engagement

Public engagement and participation play an important role in Dr Clarke’s practice, research and educational ethos. Projects and activities delivered since 2017 or on-going include:


A new course titled the 'Poetics of Rubbish' for The Poetry School (Spring 2018);


A new HLF-funded commission and series of workshops for Shakespeare's School Room and Guildhall (Autumn/Winter 2017);


'2778 nautical miles': an education project with 16 schools in Hull and 14 schools in Freetown, Sierra Leone, exploring people and places through poetry and sound. Funded as part of the 'No Limits' programme organised by Hull2017 Education (Spring/ Summer 2017); 


'Hull Rises': a poetry and bread-making participatory creative-writing project for the University of Hull as part of 'The Word is Hull' programme for Hull2017 (Summer/Autumn 2017);


Above 8: a long poem and soundscape for Hull Maritime Museum & Ferens Art Gallery commissioned by Invisible Dust as part of the Hull2017 City of Culture programme (Spring/ Summer 2017). Exhbitions visited by 391,000 people.


‘Writing the Photograph’ creative writing workshop as part of the 'Larkin Reflections' programme for University of Hull & Hull2017 City of Culture.


Presenter for BBC4 documentary Through the Lens of Larkin (2017) & The Books the Made Britain (2016).


Sea Swim, an on-going project (multiple funders), which started as a Cultural Olympiad project exploring the impact of sea-bathing on creativity and sense of well-being and place (2011 on-going).






Contribution to discipline

UK & Ireland Poetry Editor, Arc Publications

External Advisor, University of Brighton BA in Creative Writing


Presenter for BBC4 documentaries Through the Lens of Larkin (2017) & The Books the Made Britain (2016).


Radio 4 RamblingsAndrew Marvell (2015).


BBC R4 Today: interviewed about poetry colletion Landfll 07.41-07.47, 5/10/2017.