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John Wedgwood Clarke
John Wedgwood Clarke was born in St Ives, Cornwall in 1969.
He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, before going on to study literature and completing a
D.Phil. in Modernist poetry at the University of York. He set
up the Beverley Literature and Bridlington Poetry Festivals,
and ran them for ten years, before leaving to pursue a full-
time career in writing and editing, as well as teaching Creative
Writing at the University of Hull. He lives in Scarborough.

His debut pamphlet Sea Swim was published by Valley Press
in April 2012, the result of an invigorating artistic initiative
described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'a simple and simply beautiful
idea.' September 2013 saw the publication of John's highly-
acclaimed first full-length collection, Ghost Pot, which featured
scenery and wildlife from the North Yorkshire coast.

In June 2014, John's series of poems inspired by the snickets,
passageways, courts and yards of York were published in a
pamphlet titled In Between, and appeared on the walls of the
city as part of the York Curiouser festival.
Books by this author
Sample poem

Beach chalets

are small wooden stanzas
in which words undress
and step from the damp
boards and sixty-watt bulbs
into colossal light,
blinking, rubbing arms,
lifting a little on their toes
as if trying to see over the cold,

ready as they will never be
for the body to speak itself again
for the first time
in the mouth of the North Sea,
the body like a bell note
struck by an iron key,
wordless in a furl of murk,
weed, someone’s foot,

and up, shouting, turnstones
overhead, the Hispaniola
rocking by, treading water
back into now, rooted
in all the strange words –
children, parents –
in hands that have held
and let go, swimmers in song.

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Related links
John Wedgwood Clarke
Ghost Pot
16th April
13th June
In Between
Sea Swim