Agent : Euan Thorneycroft
Ben Smith is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Plymouth University. He is a published poet – his first pamphlet, Sky Burials, was published by Worple Press, and his poetry and criticism has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies. He regularly reads at festivals, literary events and conferences, and runs workshops with schools and writing groups.
As an academic, he specializes in environmental literature, with a particular focus on oceans, waste and the ‘Anthropocene’. He was one of the founding editors of The Clearing, a magazine of writing about landscape and place, and is the co-organiser of Crosscurrents, an interdisciplinary project bringing together writers and marine scientists for public engagement.
He is currently involved in a number of projects with academics, scientists and artists working to engage local communities with the problems of marine plastics.
He lives in North Cornwall and spends his free time surfing.
Ben’s debut novel Doggerland was published by Fourth Estate in spring 2019.