John Latham

John Latham is a research scientist who has been awarded several medals by the Royal Meteorological Society, and was for 8 years President of the International Commision on Atmospheric Electricity. Born near Liverpool, he held a chair of physics at the University of Manchester (UMIST) until 1988, before moving partially to the US, where he is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

In recent year, John has turned his attention full time as a writer of poetry, radio plays, stories, and novels. The title poem for his fifth collection - From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body - won second prize (out of 12,000 entries) in the UK’s most prestigious competition, The National Poetry Competition (2006). John has won first prize in over 20 poetry competitions. Several of John’s works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and his poetry collections include All-Clear (Peterloo Poets, 1990) and Sailor Boy (The Collective Press, 2006). John released the novel Ditch-Crawl with Comma Press in 2004.

Publications by John Latham


Ditch-crawling has no rules, just aesthetic principles…

From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body

Having trained as a physicist – specialising in the science of cloud formation – and then later emerged as one of the more curious voices in British poetry, John Latham is not a writer you’re ever likely to forget.

Anthologies featuring John Latham

Hyphen: an anthology of short stories by poets

Established and award winning poets from around Britian and the UK have been asked to 'interlope' into the unknown territory of the short - most of them for the first time and each bringing with them a new, poetic perspective as well as an intuitive feel for the snapshot's hidden narratives.