Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, in 1988, I live in South Tyneside where I am currently undertaking doctoral research into North-Eastern poetries.
My AHRC Northern Bridge-funded PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University is an investigation into belonging and identity(ies) in North-East England. I currently teach on an undergraduate Creative Writing module, and alongside fellow PhD candidate, Joanne Clement, organise the occasional poetry/music series, Haliwerfolc.
I have published two pamphlets of poetry: Definitions of Distance, (Red Squirrel Press, 2012) and The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Arts Editions North, 2015). Other poems, short stories, articles and reviews have appeared in the likes of Anon, Brittle Star, Cadaverine, Dark Mountain, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, HARK, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, The Newcastle Journal, The Northern Correspondent, The Rialto and Under the Radar.
In 2011 I won New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award. Earlier that year, I graduated, with Distinction, from my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chester, where I have also taught as a Visiting Lecturer on an undergraduate poetry module. I have also led workshops in North Tyneside schools for Radikal Words; for Cuckoo Young Writers as part of the Durham Book Festival; and was the curator and coach for TEDxYouth@TyneBridge, Newcastle-Gateshead’s first youth-led TEDx event in 2013.
I was one of the lead artists for ‘Stringing Bedes: A Poetry and Print Pilgrimage’, a Heritage Lottery-funded project which retraced Bede’s Way between the twin monastic sites of St. Peter’s, Sunderland, and St. Paul’s, Jarrow, in 2015-16.
Another major project I was recently involved with launched at the Atkinson gallery in Southport in September 2015: ‘Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory of the Sefton Coast’ saw my poems displayed alongside visual art by Mike Collier, photography by Tim Collier, and audio instillations by Rob Strachan. The exhibition will run concurrently (until November 2015) to a new show by Antony Gormley, which is canny cool.
I co-founded the poetry magazine, Butcher’s Dog, and I have enjoyed working on a number of collaborative projects with a range of artists from differing backgrounds. In 2010-2011, I was commissioned by Grit and Pearl to work on SoShields, and since then I have worked with writers, theatre directors, actors, photographers, visual artists, dancers and other artists whose work defies simple categorisation from places as exotic as Howdon, Wallsend, to Grahamstown, South Africa. Collaboration and experimentation is something I value hugely: my development as a writer would not have been as fruitful were it not for working with this array of talented people.
I am always happy to discuss my work and potential collaborations with people, so do feel free to get in touch with me at: jakecampbell88[at]gmail[dot][com].