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I am a writer, publisher and editor who has recently joined Falmouth, my fields being poetry, publishing, short fiction, environmental literature and South West writers.
I studied philosophy in Wales, then later an MA in writing, nature and place at the University of Exeter. I remained at Exeter to do my PhD, an AHRC-funded, archive-based biographical study of twentieth century deaf and blind syphilitic poet Jack Clemo. My biography of Clemo, Clay Phoenix, was published (Ally Press, 2016). I also edited Clemo's Selected Poems (Enitharmon, 2015), edited and introduced his dialect tales, A Proper Mizz-Maze (Francis Boutle, 2016), edited, introduced and published his The Clay Dump (Guillemot Press, 2016), and made an album of Clemo's poetry set to music by renowned folk musician Jim Causley.
My first pamphlet of poetry, illustrated by Mairead Dunne, was published in 2016 by Atlantic Press and won the Michael Marks Award for Illustration 2016, and my second pamphlet, Robot Squirrel, was published by zimZalla in 2017. I co-curated and edited (with Jos Smith and Rose Ferraby) the community-rooted Tree Tales book and map, published by the arts and environment charity Common Ground.
I am the founding editor of Guillemot Press, a small press for pamphlets of poetry and prose. We've published work by a great variety of poets and artists, including Melanie Challenger, Rebecca Goss, Rosmarie Waldrop, Robert Lax, Mona Arshi, Rowan Williams and Sister Mary Agnes.
As well as books and publications, I've recently enjoyed curating exhibitions, developing archives, organising events and performing at festivals. Recent media appearances have included Radio 4's Poetry Please and BBC 1's Inside Out.
University of Exeter (Streatham)
University of Exeter (Penryn)
University of Wales, Lampeter
Research interests and expertise
Poetry, publishing, South West literature, environmental literature, short fiction, landscape, nature and place.
Publications and research outputs
|Loydell, Rupert (2017) 'Admissable Evidence', in Triptychs. In: Triptychs. Guillemot Press, Cornwall. ISBN None|
Conference or Workshop Item
|Thompson, Luke (2014) Charles Causley and Jack Clemo. In: Charles Causley Symposium, Falmouth. Item not available from this repository.|
|Thompson, Luke and Smith, Jos, eds. (2016) Tree Tales. Common Ground, Dorset. ISBN 9781908213532|
|Thompson, Luke, ed. (2016) A Proper Mizz-Maze. Francis Boutle, London. ISBN 9780993534461|
|Thompson, Luke and Dunne, Mairead (2016) The Clearing. Atlantic Press Poetry . Atlantic Press Ltd, Penryn, Cornwall. ISBN 978-0-9571549-8-8|
|Thompson, Luke (2016) Clay Phoenix: a biography of Jack Clemo. Ally Press, London. ISBN 9780993473494 Item not available from this repository.|
|Thompson, Luke (2016) The Clearing. Atlantic Press, Cornwall. ISBN 9780957154988|
|Thompson, Luke and Williams, Rowan (2015) Selected Poems. Enitharmon, London. ISBN 9781910392065|
|Causley, Jim and Thompson, Luke (2016) Clay Hymnal. [Composition] Item not available from this repository.|
Externally funded research grants information
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Social, community and cultural engagement
Wheal Martyn, 2013, 2016
Terre Verte Gallery, 2016
Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, 2016
Wheal Martyn, 2015, 2016
Truro School, 2016
Screech Owl Sanctuary, 2016
Charles Causley Festival, 2015
Fowey Festival of Arts, 2015
Penzance Literary Festival, 2016
Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, 2016
Port Eliot Festival, 2016
Newlyn Arts Festival, 2016
Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, 2016
Other Talks include:
Guest Speaker: Arts Centre Group, London, 2016
Guest Speaker: Heritage Ability, 2016
Unencompassing the Archipelago, Oxford, 2015
Radio & Television
BBC Radio 4, Poetry Please, 2016
BBC One, Inside Out, 2016
Regional radio: BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Cornwall, numerous community shows.
Poet: appearance in Jane Darke's documentary film on Charles Causley. (Numerous public performances. Television debut tbc.)
I have also done some work with charities, including The Sensory Trust and Heritage Ability.