about

Dr Jo Clement is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. She was born in the North East town of Darlington and now lives in coastal North Tyneside.

In 2012 Paul Farley selected her poems for a New Writing North ‘Northern Promise’ Award. Shortlisted for the Bridport, Melita Hume and Troubadour International prizes, her poems have featured in print publications from Forward to The Rialto, as well as finding a place in art galleries, libraries and other public spaces in the form of poem-films, sound installations and permanent artworks. She works both independently and in collaboration with other artists.

For her editorial work with the quarterly Journal of the Society of Wood Engravers Multiples she selects a wood engraving that shares synergistic dialogue with a poem. Jo has received support from Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal to help refugees and asylum seekers to find a sense of belonging in their new home. In 2017 she was awarded an AHRC Innovation Fund grant to deliver Newcastle University’s first Creative Practice Completion Symposium, held at Hospitalfield’s renowned Arts Centre in Arbroath. Jo brought together poets, musicians, directors and artists to share and explore intersections between their practices as early career researchers.

Jo completed her doctoral research at Newcastle University. As an author of British-Gypsy Traveller ethnicity her practice-led PhD study explores the relationships between visual culture, literary art and BAME identity. Titled ‘Moveable Type: How might a contemporary ekphrastic practice illuminate Traveller representations in Thomas Bewick’s tail-piece prints?’, her research was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship.

Creative Director and Managing Editor of the bi-annual poetry journal Butcher’s Dog, Jo is committed to promoting highly crafted writing by authors with diverse and compelling voices. A freelance writer and facilitator, she currently teaches part-time at Newcastle University.