Jake Morris-Campbell was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, in 1988. He has published two pamphlets of poetry: The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Art Editions North, 2015) and Definitions of Distance (Red Squirrel Press, 2012).
His writing has featured in a number of regional, national and international print and online journals, including in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, The Rialto and Dark Mountain. Away from the page, Jake’s poems have featured alongside an array of visual art works, often in collaboration. His work has been exhibited as part of a range of cross-disciplinary shows, including at: ‘Singing The World’ (Cheeseburn Grange, Northumberland, 2017); ‘Stringing Bedes’ (Various venues, Tyne and Wear, 2015-16); and ‘Ghosts of the Restless Shore’ (The Atkinson, Southport, Merseyside, 2014-15). It has been developed as part of an app, ‘Steps In Time’ (Newcastle Poetry Festival 2017) and featured on billboards at the foreshore in South Shields (‘So Shields’, Grit & Pearl, 2012).
Currently undertaking doctoral research at Newcastle University with the support of an AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship, Jake is completing his debut, full-length collection of poems while writing a corresponding study of North-East poets, examining identity and belonging in an area of the country he has a profound connection to.
Jake has received awards for his poetry: in 2011, New Writing North presented him with the Andrew Waterhouse award as part of their annual Northern Writers’ Awards; and in 2011 he was a runner-up in the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition, organised by Red Squirrel Press. More recently, in 2016, he took second place in the Basil Bunting Poetry Prize.
A co-founder of the magazine Butcher’s Dog, Jake has significant editorial experience, having previously co-founded and ran Albatross Magazine and worked on the University of Chester’s Creative Writing magazine, Pandora’s Box. With fellow PhD candidate, Joanne Clement, he organises the occasional live poetry/music series, Haliwerfolc, with successful events having taken place in Durham and Newcastle.