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Jon is a Derby-born, London-based writer, researcher and editor. His work has been published in The Sunday Times and performed on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in a number of British and international journals. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Poetry London prize in 2014 and 2016. He writes using a mixture of styles and disciplines, and regularly collaborates with other artists on physical and digital playthings.

“Voraciously experimental, precociously accomplished.” Poetry International

“Multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.” Magma

School of Forgery
(Salt, 2012) • Poetry Book Society Recommendation

School of Forgery is handily divided into two sections: Originals and Fakes. It’s possible, however, that there might have been some cross-contamination between the two. One or more of the translations of classical and contemporary Japanese poets in the Fakes section may, in fact, be made up. Some lines from the autobiography of Harpo Marx could somehow have found their way into the tale of the bandit Goemon. There are rumours that the liars, hoaxers and plagiarists who are both subject matter and tour guides in the first part have infiltrated the ranks of the dashing heroes and agents of the second. Some of these poems even steal, shamelessly, from each other.

Innocent believers in literary authenticity are advised to take especial care. This work may be, in its entirety, nothing more than a fabrication.

extracts: What Robots Murmur Through Broken Sleep, a collage of dialogue from Naoki Urasawa's Pluto, published on Poetry International; Mustard, republished as part of Meat & Mustard, a digital play-through poem; Adcock Modulations, published on Qarrtsiluni; audio version of two poems from the Tatsunoko sequence, recorded for Selected Poems.
related: Death Daydream Season is published in full in this book, in black and white. Three poems from Scarecrows are also re-published.


“The structure of School of Forgery is ingenious and impressively intricate. Its slotting architectures are slit, mortised and battened. (...) I stress-tested their timbre by reading poems aloud and yielded a cadence of genuine feeling within the multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.” – David Morley, Magma

“These are poems with an edge, or rather, multiple sharp edges, poems as elaborate ‘fabrications’ challenging conventions of form and voice. This is an inspired, integrated debut, endlessly inventive, with a lively intertextuality and a wide frame of reference. The language is both playful and hard-wrought, words at high voltage, words as collector's items.” – PBS Selectors’ Comments

Available in paperback

Some other projects

Game Poetry

School of Forgery



Super Treasure

Death Daydream

Sidekick Books

Core Samples