Clay Phoenix: the life and writing of Jack Clemo, with Luke Thompson

2016 is the centenary of one of Cornwall’s most extraordinary literary figures, the deaf and blind clay country poet Jack Clemo. Last year, Luke edited Clemo’s Selected Poems and this year he released the first full-length biography, Clay Phoenix. In this session Luke will introduce Clemo, read his poetry and

Clay Phoenix: the life and writing of Jack Clemo, with Luke Thompson

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2016 is the centenary of one of Cornwall’s most extraordinary literary figures, the deaf and blind clay country poet Jack Clemo. Last year, Luke edited Clemo’s Selected Poems and this year he released the first full-length biography, Clay Phoenix. In this session Luke will introduce Clemo, read his poetry and explore the difficulties of writing about such a strange and recent life.

Luke Thompson presents his talk at the 2016 Penzance Literary Festival

Luke Thompson presents his talk at the 2016 Penzance Literary Festival

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