Pam Thompson – Writer, Reviewer, Lecturer




My name is Pam Thompson. Welcome to my website! I’m a writer and lecturer based in Leicester in the East Midlands. I work as a poet mainly but I write reviews and am venturing into flash-fiction. I also write articles on poetry and poetry-related matters. I teach for the WEA  and undertake other writing-related work on a freelance basis.


I have a PhD in Creative Writing from De Montfort University  (Equinoctial: an investigation of holography for developing a new collection of ekphrastic poetry). I am currently revising and editing the collection, Equinoctial, and adapting sections of the critical component for publication.


As well as a creative writer, I am an academic. I have previously worked at De Montfort University as a full-time university lecturer in Education, teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and running and teaching on a PGCertHE for university lecturers. I have a long experience of teaching -in schools, further education and universities. I have also experience of delivering writing poetry workshops in the community and mentoring poets. In 2011-3 I taught poetry on the Certificate in Creative Writing at Vaughan College, part of the University of Leicester.


My publications are Spin (1998, Waldean Press), Parting the Ghosts of Salt, (2000, Redbeck Press), Show Date and Time (2006, Smith I Doorstop), Hologram (Sunk Island Publishing, 2008), The Japan Quiz’ (2008, Redbeck Press out of print -I have a few copies) . My second collection, Strange Fashion, is due out from Pindrop Press at the end of 2017.


I am one of the organisers of Word! at The Y Theatre in Leicester, the longest running spoken word, open-mic night in the East Midlands.


I have longstanding blog on here, origially called Heckle because I thought it would be a good working title for a collection -although I never used it.

‘heckle’-to shout at, answer back
‘heckle’-to comb out knots in flax

Arguably, both of the above definitions have some bearing on writing poems; poems as answers back, retorts; poems as attempted reckonings with ‘knots’ of thoughts and emotions in language.


I am process of updating this site to make it more of a web-site for the future work I am hoping to offer including readings, workshops, mentoring /critiquing services.

Watch this space!














6 Comments Add yours

  1. carolinegrace says:

    Thank you for sharing your poetry Pam.


  2. pamthompsonpoetry says:

    Thanks for stopping by to read, Caroline!

  3. Michelle says:

    Pam, the name ‘Heckle’ is great. I’ve only read your November poems, so far, but have thoroughly enjoyed them; I love “Beachcomber”.

  4. pamthompsonpoetry says:

    Thanks, Michelle. I really appreciate your comments.

  5. punctuation says:

    I guess that means this is kind of your “blog’s first birthday”. I never realised you had a blog.

    So, er, Happy Birthday!

    A poem a day, for a whole month – not sure I could do that without going totally round the twist!

    (p.s. despite WordPress referring to me as “punctuation” you may know me on FB etc as Ian Barker ‘from Milton Keynes’ –

  6. pamthompsonpoetry says:

    Hi Ian,

    Yes, one year..another long haul with a poem a day.I am round the twist by the end of it! Yeah, that ‘punctuation’ thing threw me! Hope all’s well with you and we’ll see you at Word! or some of us will come down to MK

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