Thank you for visiting my website. My latest activity is with XRND – Extinction Rebellion North Devon Do check us out on Facebook or Instagram, plus the parent organisation XR. I am also an activist with the North Devon Green Party and recently became a parish councillor in Swimbridge.
My latest poem in print is ‘Topgallant’, which appears in Ode to the Ash tree, a poetry project organised by Katy Lee of Courage Copse Creatives: published September 2021 (£10). I’d like to recommend the anthology Can you hear the people sing? from Palewell Press (November 2020). It is a mixture of responses to Covid-19, including reportage, fiction and poetry. I am delighted that two of my poems are included.
Brief bio: Mark Haworth-Booth studied English Literature at Cambridge University and Art History at Edinburgh University. He served as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from 1970-2004 and, as senior curator of photographs, helped to build up its great collection of photography. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the V&A and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. He has curated many exhibitions and acted as a consultant on the BBC’s award- winning television series The Genius of Photography (2007 and aired occasionally thereafter). He curated, with Jeu de Paume, Paris and the National Portrait Gallery in London, a centenary retrospective of the pioneering photographer Camille Silvy (1834-1910), shown at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Mark researched the Silvy exhibition catalogue at the J. Paul Getty Museum as a Museum Scholar in 2008. Published in UK, French and US editions, this was the third of Mark’s books to be highly commended in photographic book awards.
Mark served as the first Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London, 2002-09. In 2005 he was appointed OBE for services to museums. He became an Honorary Doctor of Arts of the University of the Arts London in 2012. He completed a creative writing MA (with Distinction) at Exeter University in 2015.
Mark and his wife Rosie moved to North Devon in autumn 2009 to write and garden. He retired from most photo history activity at the end of 2010. However, he contributed a V&A Blog on the late Chris Killip on 30 October 2020. He occasionally reviews for The Art Newspaper.