Current Lead Poet Joanne Clement is a PhD researcher in Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. Her creative writing research is funded by an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship. Since 2011 the project has placed creative writing PhD students, alumni and associates from Newcastle University into major cultural venues of Newcastle-Gateshead for writing residencies. Joanne has made 2015 the year to celebrate poetry, creating films to accompany the poems written in response to the spaces, their archives, events and communities. Her poem-films are projected onto the side of the School of English in December.
Continuing to serve as an innovative form of research training for creative practice postgraduate students, WATT acts a flagship of good practice in the debate over how creative practitioners should be taught research skills. Student-led, WATT is driven by the belief that writers should be out there writing. Featured in the Arts and Humanities Research Council annual report, original project leader Dr Viccy Adams won a NCL+ student achievement award (Arts and Cultures) for innovating the AHRC funded collaborative research training funded project. In 2014 the project was led by poet Kris Anderson with the support of The Catherine Cookson Foundation.