Writing CV



Dr Pam Thompson – Poet, Lecturer, Tutor, Reviewer

email: pamthompson240@yahoo.co.uk

twitter @fierydes

website pamthompsonpoetry.wordpress.com


Pam Thompson is a poet, lecturer, tutor and reviewer based in Leicester and has a PhD in Creative Writing from De Montfort University. She is a compere and performer at Word!, a spoken-word, open-mic night at The Y Theatre in Leicester, and also one of its organisers. Her publications include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2008) and  Show Date and Time, (Smith-Doorstop, 2006). Pam has widely published in magazines, such as The North, The Interpreter’s House, Antiphon, The Rialto, Mslexia, Magma, Butcher’s Dog, Under the Radar and has had success in competitions. She was winner of the Magma Judges Prize in 2015 and a Highly Commended in the Forward Prize Anthology in the same year. In March 2017 she won 3rd Prize in the Poets and Players Poetry Competition. Pam’s reviews have appeared in The North, Under the Radar, London Grip, Sabotage Reviews, Mslexia (online), The Interpreter’s House, Sphinx.


Strange Fashion, Pindrop Press, 2017

  • Hologram, Sunk Island Publishing, 2008
  • The Japan Quiz, Redbeck Press, 2008
  • Show Date and Time, Smith/Doorstop, 2006
  • Parting the Ghosts of Salt, Redbeck Press, 2000
  • Spin,Waldean Press, 1998

 Work History

2017 –2018

  • Freelance Writer/Writing tutor
  • Teaching Literature and Creative Writing courses for the Workers’ Educational Association


  • Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, De Montfort University
  • Programme Leader for the PGCertHE for new lecturers
  • DMU Teaching Fellow


  • Tutor on the Creative Writing Certificate, Vaughan College, Leicester University

1997 -2005

  • Lecturer in English/ESOL/ Media Studies/Teacher Education (PGCE Post-Compulsory for
  • DMU /Access to HE
  • Lecturer in English for DMU BA Arts and Humanities Degree Scheme (franchise provision)
  • Co-ordinator of Humanities  Access to HE Course
  • Advanced Practitioner in Teaching and Learning


Teacher of English/Second in Department Longslade Community College, Leicestershire


  • Teacher of English Crown Hills Community College, Leicester


Poetry Residentials/Courses (attended)

  • I have attended writing courses/residentials at Almasérra Vella, Spain led by Tamar Yoseloff, Alfred Corn and Ann Sansom.
  • at L’Age de Baston in France – led by Anne Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat.
  • -Arvon courses at various centres led by a range of poets.
  • courses led by Ann and Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business.
  • Online courses with The Poetry School led by Tom Chivers, Claire Trevien, Suzannah Evans, Melissa Lee Houghton, Catherine Smith, Kim Moore, David Clarke, Nuar Alsadir, Carrie Etter.


Writing Awards/ Projects / Performances/ Other Publications


  •      Joint launch – Strange Fashion and In the final year of my forties by Simon Perril, De Montfort University
  •   Reading, with Annie Freud,  at the Pighog event in Brighton.
  •   Reading from Strange Fashion at States of Independence publisher’s fair at De Montfort University.
  • Collaboration with Dr Anna Milsom of the Centre for Translation Studies at Leicester University, and students, translating my film-poem, Chasing the Sun, into Italian, for showing at the Langue poetry festival in Rome in May.
  • ‘ The Cutting-Edge’ was commended in the Verve Festival ‘City’ Poems Competition judged by Luke Kennard and published in the anthology, It All Radiates Outwards.


  • ‘Wedding Reception at the Brill and Grouse’ was chosen by Helen Mort and Stuart Maconie for the anthology, One For the Road (Smith/Doorstop) and I read at one of the launch events  at The Leadmill, Sheffield as part of the Off the Shelf
  • ‘White Slice’ was published in Strix2 and I read at the launch at the Hyde Book Club, Leeds.
  • ‘The Builder’ was published in Butcher’s Dog.
  • Four poems were published in Obsessed With Pipework.
  • 3 poems were published in 2 issues of The North.
  • Poet Paul Stephenson interviewed me for his blog.https://paulstep.com/2018/01/06/interview-with-pam-thompson/.
  • I gained third place with ‘My Life as a Bat’ in the Poets and Players competition judged by Michael Symmons_Roberts and read at the awards event at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
  • The poem is here:

Competition 2017

Here is video of my reading:


  • I read at the Archaelogical Museum, Villajoyosa, Alicante.
  • My pamphlet, The Zig-Zag Season, was shortlisted for The Poetry Business competition.
  • Another pamphlet, The Uncertainty Principle, was longlisted for the Fool for Poetry competition.
  • My second collection, Strange Fashion, published by Pindrop Press.



  • On a panel at Leicester University talking about the Journeys in Translation project and reading my poem ‘Dislocation’, along with Elvire Roberts who provided the British Sign Language translation.
  • Here’s the video of the event.



  • 3 Poems were published in the anthology, Welcome to Leicester, Dahlia Press. I
  • A poem, ‘Dislocation’, was published in the anthology, Over Land, Over Sea, Dahlia Press and was subsequently translated into 12 different languages as part of the Journeys in Translation In 2017 I read from the anthology at Highfields Community Centre and read and spoke about it at Leicester University or an event run by the Centre for Translation Studies  at the Literary Leicester festival.
  • Poems( from my PhD collection) were published in the online magazine,
  • I collaborated with film-maker, Keith Allott, to make the poem-film (of my poem), Chasing the Sun.
  • Poet of the Month in The Interpreters’ House – 4 poems.


  • Poems in Magma, The North, Under the Radar.
  • Win the Judges Prize with Postcards from Belfast – Magma poetry competition, judged by Jo Shapcott.
  • The above poem was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize and published in the anthology of prizewinners.
  • ‘Invisible Hearing’ published in Lighthouse.


  • ‘Tunnelling out’ was runner-up in the 24/7 Poetry Challenge for Campus (The Poetry School online)
  • ‘An Umbrella for Georgia O’ Keeffe’ -Runner-up in the Mslexia poetry competition judged by Deryn Rees-Jones. ‘Diorama’ was longlisted.
  • 2 poems ( ‘At Sadlers Wells’ and ‘Her Sister’s Story’ in The Emma Press Anthology of Dance.
  • Poem in The Manchester Review (‘Peepshow …’)
  • Shortlisted in The Poetry Business pamphlet competition and longlisted in the Fool for Poetry pamphlet competition with Diorama.


  • Reading with Nell Farrell for The Poetry Business at the Off the Shelf festival, Sheffield.


  • Reading before the screening of We Are Poets at the Phoenix cinema, Leicester.
  • Chosen (for the second time) to participate in the Writing School

run by The Poetry Business. (2012-14)

  • Reading at Sheffield Cathedral with Sue Vickerman, Jean Harrison and Debjani Chatterjee as part of the Off the Shelf Festival.
  • DMU Cultural Exchanges – Postgraduates’ Reading


  • Reading for Word! at States of Independence, DMU.
  • Publication in various magazines.


  • PhD research involving experiments in poetic form.
  • Photographic: poetry/photographic collaboration with
    poet/photographer Ben Webb.
  • Holographic/lenticular/3D: discussions/practical work
    with Professor Martin Richardson and others at DMU.
  • Film/Video experimentation with filmed visuals
    and poetry with Keith Allott of Phoenix Arts.
  • Appearance at Big Session music festival as part of Blue
  • Monsoon’s spoken word performance events.
  • Reading with post-graduates in creative writing as part of the Cultural
    eXchanges events at DMU.
  • Reading at Leicester Poetry Society with Matt Merritt and Lydia Towsey
    at Friends Meeting House, Leicester.
  • Reading with Louise Ann Munn, Matt Merritt and Jane Commane
    at Friends Meeting House Leicester
  • Performed as one of the poets in The Poetry Brothel organised by Tim Carter
    as part of the Imaginarium events at Leicester Comedy Festival.


  • Guest artist at Word! at The Y in Leicester.
  • Launch of my collection, The Japan Quiz as part of the Cultural
    eXchanges events at DMU
  • Selected to read at the Nottingham Poetry Series which is run
    by Eireann Lorsung at Lakeside Arts Centr
  • Reading with Alison Dunne at the Polyverse Poetry Festival
    Loughborough University.
  • Poem ‘The Boatman’s Love-Song’ chosen for publication
    and commentary by Carol Ann Duffy in her weekly feature on poems
    by women poets in the Daily Mirror.
  • Involved in The Lyric Lounge at The Y in Leicester: Producer of the
    event ‘Write Way Up’ where poets devised performances using museum objects.



  • Chaired poetry panel at Writing Industries Conference, Loughborough University.
  • Publication of poetry collection The Japan Quiz by Redbeck Press.
  • Publication of pamphlet Hologram by Sunk Island Publishing,
    editor Michael Blackburn as a result of Michael reading and liking poems
    on my blog on My Space and on my poetry blog, ‘Heckle’.
  • Reading with River Wolton and Michael Laskey as part of The Poetry
    Business events at the Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield.
  • Appeared as one of the Word! poets for Phrased and Confused at the
    Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester..


  • Inky Fish poets’ tour of the East Midlands
  • Reading at The Troubadour club in London as part of Coffee-House
    Poetry’s New Voices series
  • Guest lecture for first year BA Creative Writing Students
    at DMU on opportunities for poets.
  • First prize winner in Leicestershire Libraries Crime Poem
    competition with ‘Noir Crossing’
  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
    at Barrow Museum Stores
  • Led workshop on how creative writing can be used
    to record natural observations of the environment at Barrow
    Museum Stores
  • Led Poetry Pathway in Kibworth for Leicestershires Libraries
  • Became one of the organisers of Word!, Leicester’s longest-
    running spoken word, open-mic night , formerly at Bambu, ten The U, now at Attenborough Arts..
  • Selected as one of 7 poets by John Clarke of Sheffield for the first
    staging of his exhibition In Their Own Words collaboration
    between poets/artist/jewellers.


  • Selected for Writers2Readers project as one of nine regional writers paired with East Midlands reading groups. Worked with group of elderly women readers at Knighton Library
  • Won second prize winner in Three Cities Poetry Competition
  • Launch of pamphlet Show Date and Time along with Alison Dunne
    launching April’s Fish at Market Harborough Library, Leics.
  • Professional blogger (‘Cassis’) for Frontline Books.
  • Successful bid for grant from Arts Council with other poets
    to tour as Inky Fish collective
  • Led Poetry Pathway in Rothley for Leicestershire Libraries


  • First-stage prize-winner in The Poetry Business pamphlet
    competition judged by Simon Armitage.
    Publication of Show Date and Time. (2006)
  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
    at Wigston Record Office.
  • Invited to take part in the Masterclass event at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.


  • Selected for The Writing School at The Poetry Business in Huddersfield.
    Tutored by Peter and Ann Sansom.(2004-6)
  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
    at Wigston Record Office
  • First Prize in Nottingham International Poetry Competition judged by Ruth Padel with ‘Resurrection’.
  • Everybody’s Reading Festival, Leicester – performed as part of
    ‘Venus and Mars’ poetry collective at the Secular Hall for Frontline Books


  • Selected as one of the writers for the 24-8 East Midlands
    Regional Writers’ Tour sponsored by the Arts Council
    and East Midlands Arts and toured East Midlands
    with Kevin Fegan and Peter Rumney.
    Commissioned to write poems based in the East Midlands
    as part of this-‘Around Foxton’ (5 poems) was the result.
  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
    at Holly Hayes Environmental Centre.
  • Runner-up in Nottingham International Poetry Competition
    judged by Graham Mort with ‘The House Across the Road’.
  • Runner-up in Mslexia Poetry Competition judged by Jo Shapcott
    with ‘In Sparkenhoe Street’.
  • Reading at Leicester Poetry Society


  • Runner-up Nottingham International Poetry Competition
    judged by Neil Astley with ‘The Boatman’s Love-Song’.
  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop
    at Holly Hayes Environmental Centre
  • Runner-up in Arvon International Poetry Competition judged
    by Jo Shapcott with ‘The Secret’.


  • Led Behind the Scenes at the Museum Poetry Workshop at Holly Hayes
    Environmental Centre
  • Selected for Advanced Poetry Arvon Course at Lumb Bank
    -tutors Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke


  • Runner-up in Redbeck Poetry Pamphlet Competition
    judged by Ian Macmillan. Publication of pamphlet
  • Parting the Ghosts of Salt as a result. (2000)


  • Runner-up in Arvon International Poetry Competition
    judged by Andrew Motion with ‘Atlantis Season‘.
  • Publication of pamphlet Spin by Waldean Press


  • New Voices Tour of East Midlands


  • Poem ‘Valentine’ published in The Observer (in the days when they
    published any poetry let alone from unknowns!)
  • Awarded Writer’s Bursary of £5000 by East Midlands Arts.
  • Selected as one of the New Voices to tour East Midlands along with
    Joe Fearn and Gilly Bolton.
  • 1992
    3rd Prize in Cardiff International Poetry Competition with
    judged by Tony Curtis and Jackie Kay


  • Runner up in World Wildlife Fund Poetry Competition-judge Ted Hughes
    Subsequent publication of ‘The Last Leaf in the World ‘in
    The Orange Dove of Fiji.





Writing Activities and Memberships


  • Member of the Society of Authors
  • Member of The Poetry Society
  • Member of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society
  • Secretary on the Committee of Word!
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy





  • PhD Creative Writing: An investigation of the science

of holography for the development of new ekphrastic poetry.’

De Montfort University, 2009-17.

  • MBA Educational Management, Leicester University, 1998-2004.
  • MA Modern English and American Literature, 1980-1981.
  • RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, 1978-1979.
  • PGCE English (Secondary), Leicester University, 1977-1978.
  • BA Combined Arts (English, History of Art, American Studies) (Hons) 2:1, Leicester University,  1973-1976





Dr Simon Perril  Reader in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, De Montfort University, Leicester   sperril@dmu.ac.uk


Dr Kathleen Bell, Associate Professor in Creative Writing, De Montfort University, Leicester kbell@dmu.ac.uk

















Reviews and Endorsements


On Strange Fashion


“This richly varied but coherent collection is compelling reading.  It is a page turner, and yet it’s also uncompromising in its restless artistry and in its often unsettling, intensely-experienced material.  The poems look dispassionately out, especially at the city, and especially at people’s lives, sometimes only glimpsed but always seen whole.”


Peter Sansom


“Pam Thompson is a poet whose attentive vision is focussed on those details – such as the chiaroscuro of a station interior as commuters rush through, or the perfectly ripe tomato bursting in a glorious moment of sun – that we normally miss. What Thompson shows us are small epiphanies, each word like a pebble we can roll in our fingers or place in our pocket to take out later. After reading these poems, you are brought back into the world in a different way. This is an accomplished and compassionate collection by a poet at the height of her abilities, full of love for place and people.”

Tamar Yoseloff


“Strange Fashion is a marvellous collection. There’s a clear-sighted, open-hearted attentiveness here that can be breathtaking: ‘His feet are pinned to the floor with needles./He’s dizzier when he breathes –/it calms him even less/than a scoop of Coke bottles and fruit chews.”

Cliff Yates




On Show Date and Time



“Pam Thompson’s world is a compelling, understated, often sad, slightly surreal modern Britain, full of people celebrating Divali on the Belgrade Road, sitting in pubs “Way past Auld Lang Syne”, wearing hoodies, and George Best “booting the ball through the screen/ after scoring for the first time in colour”.


In ‘Night Interiors’, Santok (the man at the petrol station) displays Easter eggs and sorts out the flowers on display:


under blue strip lighting. Going and coming,

redoubled in the chestnut flank

of a customised Subaru,

he steps towards himself; breaks away …”


– Sue Butler


“There are twenty poems in this fine collection (Show Date and Time). Pam Thompson has a voice that should echo through our minds and should, through her skill, remind us ‘who we were’. It is a voice I look forward to hearing again and again.”


– John Cartmel Crossley



“Well-judged demotic language, particular imagery and an uncompromising focus on the emotional currents behind everyday events and thoughts give the poems in Show Date and Time a memorable immediacy and power. Pam Thompson’s voice can be both compassionate and tough, the world it describes vividly real, haunted by difficulties and pleasures.”


– Mike Barlow



On The Japan Quiz


Pam Thompson’s collection (The Japan Quiz) is bold and quirky consisting of five main sections that work to form intense, fascinating narratives. Many of the poems are arranged as longer sequences, a technique at which Thompson excels. The reader becomes deeply invested in the unfolding stories and desires of the characters contained within these. I enjoyed the collection immensely … There’s a great range to this work, and a sense of the celebration of language … Thompson’s characters impress. They are believable, seeming to lead real lives of work and desire beyond the pages of the book … The darkness appeals … and evoking darkness, both emotional and physical, is where Thompson’s strength really lies … that very notion of a ‘thin skin’ between two worlds. Thompson’s words are at their most powerful where she considers the intersections, the tensions, the matches and mismatches between differing worlds: cultural, emotional and psychological. In doing so she reveals their lightness but their compelling sense of darkness too. This book is a trick and a treat, I recommend it.”


– Abi Curtis