Mark Goodwin

Thurmaston, Leicestershire
Other, Poetry

Writer Biography

 Mark Goodwin writes and speaks in various ways … and he has been making poetry over the last thirty years. His poetry ranges from immediately emotionally accessible through to linguistically playful and – what some might describe as – ‘experimental’. His work can be bizarre and mischievous or serious and gentle. He has a reputation as a landscape poet, and as a poet of being and doing. Mark is a walker, climber, balancer, stroller, and an ‘experiencer of place’ … much of his writing reflects this.

Mark is an experienced ‘page-to-air’ reader-performer of his work. 

He is also a poet-sound-artist who makes sound-enhanced poems using field-recordings and digital software; he presents this work on Bandcamp. He also curated, with Longbarrow Press, Poems, Places & Soundscapes – An international exhibition of digitally produced sound-&-poetry focusing on place and soundscape (April 2014). 

Mark is a keen creative collaborator, and has imagined and created in the company of various artists through combining various artforms with sounds & words. He has made a number of film-poems with Loughborough-based artist Martyn Blundell; and often Tweets (from @kramawoodgin) poem-photo-combinations, with photographs by Nikki Clayton.

Mark works as a community poet and is highly experienced at encouraging others to speak and write creatively. In 2012 he founded – with his partner Nikki Clayton – the small community arts organisation expresseum poetics.  


Mark is also an experienced poetry mentor who can help individual poets grow their work and find ways of poetry-making that best fit their unique creative drives. He can also help other poets and artists who would like to include in their practice –  audio recording and sound manipulation.


Steps, published by Longbarrow Press, is Mark’s fourth full-length collection of poems. His fifth full-length – House At Out – and his latest chapbook – All Space Away and In – are both published by Shearsman Books.



Selected Publications
First full-length poetry collection: ‘Else’, published by Shearsman Books, 2008. Chapbook: ‘Distance a Sudden’, published by Longbarrow Press, 2009. Full-length collection: ‘Back of A Vast’, published by Shearsman Books, 2010. Full-length collection: ‘Shod’, published by Nine Arches Press, 2010. Chapbook: ‘Layers of Un’, published by Shearsman Books, 2012. Chapbook: ‘Clause in A Noise’, published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013.

Full-length collection: Steps, Longbarrow Press, 2014.

Chapbook, with Julia Thornley: Tones Fled All, Leafe Press’s Open House Editions, 2015.

Full-length collection: House At Out, Shearman Books, 2015.

Contributed To
‘Full of Star’s Dreaming’, Peter Redgrove 1932-2003, published by Stride Publications, 2003 ‘Poetry, Prose and Playfulness for Teachers and Learners’, a creative writing anthology and workshop manual published by Leicestershire County Council, 2004. ‘Words & Things’, a creative writing workshop manual focusing on using museum objects and artworks in various educational settings, published by Leicestershire County Council, 2008. The British Mountaineering Council’s rockclimbing guidebooks for The Roaches, for Burbage Edge, for Stanage Edge and for Froggatt Edge. ‘Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, manifestos and unmanifestos’, edited by Rupert Loydell, published by Salt, 2009. ‘The Ground Aslant, Radical Landscape Poetry’ edited by Harriet Tarlo, published by Shearsman Books, 2011 ‘Entanglements, New ecopoetry’, edited by David Knowles and Sharon Blackie, published by Two Ravens Press, 2012 ‘The Thing About Objects’, an anthology of papers about material culture, published by Routledge, 2011. ‘Llanberis Slate’, rock-climbing guidebook, published by Ground Up, 2011. ‘The Tower of Babel’, edited by Rupert Loydell, published by Like This Press, 2013. ‘The Footing’, edited by Brian Lewis, published by Longbarrow Press, 2013.

Contributor to The Apple Anthology, edited by Yvonne Reddick & George Ttoouli, published by Nine Arches Press, 2013.

Contributor to Wherever You Roam, edited by Kate Garrett, published by Slim Volume by Pankhearst, 2015.

Poetry contributor to Gogarth South, rock-climbing guidebook, published by Ground Up, 2015.

Performances & Workshops
Since 1997 Mark has collaborated on many projects with a variety of organisations and people. For more information please send an email to
Prizes & Awards
Awarded East Midlands Arts Writers’ Bursary 1996. Received an Eric Gregory Award, 1998. Awarded a Nottingham Trent University M.A. Bursary, 2000. BBC Wildlife Poet of The Year, 2003. Winner of the first East Midlands Book Award 2010, for Shod, published by Nine Arches Press. Awarded substantial Arts Council England Grant for the arts, to develop ‘sound-enhanced poetry’, 2013.

Category-shortlisted in the Banff Mountain Book Competition, 2015.

Available for the following:

  • Community Group Work
  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Live Performances
  • Volunteering
  • Workshops
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Before working as a community poet Mark Goodwin was a climbing and outdoor pursuits instructor. Mark has worked as a community poet since 1997. He has worked in primary and secondary schools and with community groups. He has worked with a wide range of people from the very young to the elderly, and from various backgrounds. Mark has worked with special needs schools, and with people who use mental health services. He has worked with asylum-seekers. Mark has worked with undergraduate and post-graduate students. He has worked with writers’ groups and clubs. Mark was Writing East Midlands’ Write Here Leicestershire-landscape-poet-in-residence in 2011 … … and landscape-poet-in-residence at Loughborough University, during 2012 into 2013. Mark is experienced at working with museum objects and artworks. He is also experienced at delivering creative workshops and projects outdoors. Mark is very keen to collaborate with other artists, writers, curators, museum officers, librarians, teachers (of all subjects), lecturers, youth workers, education providers of all kinds, outdoor pursuits and climbing instructors … and anyone really, who is interested in poetics and speaking and writing creatively.

    In 2012 he co-founded – with Nikki Clayton – the small arts organisation expresseum poetics.

    Mark is an experienced mentor of individual poets  

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