My name is Jacqueline Thompson and I’m a writer from Scotland. I have a PhD from The University of Edinburgh, and an English MA (Hons) and Creative Writing MLitt from The University of Dundee.
My poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, The Scotsman, Poetry Ireland Review, New Writing Dundee, Dundee Writes, The Inkwell, In On The Tide (Appletree Writers Press), For A’ That: A Celebration of Burns (Dundee University Press), Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press), From Arthur’s Seat (Egg Box Publishing), and Scotia Extremis (ed. Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone).
I won the Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2017 (Adult Poetry), and have been shortlisted for the Grierson Verse Prize 2013, the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Prize 2016, the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2016 and 2017, and the Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2017.
I have read my poems at The Edinburgh International Book Festival, The University of Dundee (where I hosted my own ‘Poetry Hour’), The Dundee Rep Theatre, The Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre Literary Salons, The D’Arcy Thompson Museum (Dundee), The Dundee Literary Festival, the Ladybank ‘Platform’ poetry events (Fife), and The Westport Arts Festival (County Mayo, Ireland).
I have written reviews and articles for The Scotsman, The Scottish Review of Books, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Literateur, The Bottle Imp, Fringebiscuit, The Skinny, The Student, The Independent, The Culture Trip, The French Film Festival UK, and the James Tait Black Awards. In 2016-17 I was chosen as an ‘Emerging Critic’ by The Scottish Review of Books and Creative Scotland, and was subsequently mentored in literary criticism by arts journalist David Robinson.