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THE MELITA HUME SHORTLIST 2014: JOANNE CLEMENT (5 OF 11)

Joanne Clement (pictured) was born in 1986 in the North East town of Darlington. Under the tutelage of W.N. Herbert, in 2013 Newcastle University awarded Joanne distinction for a creative writing MA, with a specialism in poetry. The recipient of a Northern Promise Award in 2012, she was selected by New Writing North and Paul Farley to develop her first collection.



A first class English undergraduate with Leeds Trinity and All Saints, Joanne was awarded the Jack Higgins Prize for Outstanding Achievement. Since graduating, she has researched for BBC Radio 4’s Writing the Century and The Tenth Muse, presented by Jackie Kay. She looks forward to starting a PhD at Newcastle University this year. Joanne is undertaking an ekphrastic investigation into the engravings of natural history author Thomas Bewick, with the support of a Northern Bridge studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

(poem removed in October 2018 at request of author since revised)

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