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Nathan Thompson

Nathan Thompson


Nathan Thompson was born in Cornwall in 1977. He studied music and musicology at the University of Exeter, where he later lectured part-time, and is currently working on a PhD in Contemporary Poetry and Psychogeography at the University of Salford under Scott Thurston. Now most often to be found somewhere in the English Channel between Jersey (old not New) and Hebden Bridge, he has read his work across the UK and beyond, including at the Poetry Hearings festival in Berlin, The Globe Bookshop in Prague and Berkeley Books in Paris. In 2009 he set up and presented PoAttic, a reading series bringing UK and international poets to Jersey’s Opera House. He has published two full collections with Shearsman Books as well as a number of pamphlets and chapbooks, the most recent of which is …, or The Night Terrors from Oystercatcher Press.



Recorded by Jacqui Johnson at QMUL on 12th August 2013.


Books and chapbooks

Work in Progress

  • Explorer 9 (a waterproof interactive poem-map of Bodmin Moor)
  • Signs
  • The Madonna Poems (collaboration with Richard Barrett)
  • First & Last (collaboration with Rupert Loydell)

Sample Text

From …, or The Night Terrors



or finally draw the fire curtain
invalid file name starring
partners in crime teeth redacted
                                                              a curled cigar round
smoke little work down the road tree lined with wolves
testament to your long limbed beauty struck
matches made by heavenly placards
                                                                       there dipped in and fled

hairy textured night knives out the new cat rubbed fat on spit
eyes stare out of feeding
                                                ash flecked dying strangers
effective protest preach to the frightened converted
file nails better to name scratched glass
for the record played backwards
history leaves
                              a winter dry ice hides with phantoms

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