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Matt Martin

Matt Martin

PhD Scholar  |  Birkbeck, University of London  |  2017-2020

Matt Martin studied for a BA in English at the University of York (1998) and an MA in Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London (2017). He has worked for many years at the Museum of London Docklands, teaching visitors about London's port history, and in particular about the city's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

Matt is also a poet, with publications including Spider Bite (Kater Murr's Press, 2012), Full Spectrum Apotheosis (Contraband Books, 2013) and the forthcoming Open Parenthesis (Palomar Press, 2017), as well as work in numerous journals. His concrete poetry has appeared in exhibitions such as Visual Poetics (South Bank Centre, 2013). He is interested in how experimental poetics can portray historical experiences, and has presented papers on this theme at several academic conferences.

He is grateful to the Stuart Hall Foundation for supporting his PhD on Nation Language Poetry as Political Resistance in the Caribbean and the UK. This thesis will investigate the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite's theories on Caribbean speech, and will apply these ideas to poetry representing the voices of both black and marginalised white communities in Britain.

Matt Martin: "Thank you for generously granting me this wonderful opportunity to pursue my research while furthering Stuart Hall's legacy."

Matt Martin