I am a poet & visual poet / text-artist and print maker.

An experimental poetry pamphlet, Palimpsest, is forthcoming from Verve Poetry Press (Jan 2020).

A mixed media monoprint the Ghosts of Tiananmen Square will be included in the Evolver Prize 2019 exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in July&August 2019.

A new visual poem is included in Original + Dub from Hesterlock Books. May 2019. It is a remix of a Helen Ivory poem and the book also includes a remix of my poem 1st May 2009 by Helen.

Three palimpsest/collage poems were included in Sidekick Books AQUANAUTS anthology (2017) and a three-part palimpsest/collage poem Texas Mutation was included in Sidekick Books No Robot No anthology (2018).

A six-poem sequence the Lemon Squeezer was included in Cities:Bristol from Dostoevsky Wannabees edited by Paul Hawkins (2018).

My montage poetry project Cutting Up The Economist was published by Burning Eye in May 2014. A book of the first 6 months of my project exploring the hidden poetry of Twitter, HashtagPoetry# was published in a limited edition in March 2016. My novel Time Travel Hotel was published in April 2015 – again in a limited edition run.

I exhibited a series of poetry-art collisions at The Other Art Fair Bristol at the Arnolfini 1-3 September 2017 – including prints from the HashtagPoetry# series.

I was the digital HashtagPoet# in residence at the StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews in March 2016 as part of the HashtagPoetry# project – which included an installation at StAnza. You can read about that here.

A short slideshow-film of HashtagPoetry# was shown on the Big Screen Bristol in Millennium square on National Poetry Day 2016 and through October 2016. Alongside the film showing printed copies of some of the pieces were exhibited in locations around Millennium Square and in the Clifton branch of Boston Tea Party.

Elsewhere, I have had poetry published by Qarrtsiluni, Popshot 3 – the Liberate Issue, Message In A Bottle, Snakeskin,The Delinquent, Inky Fingers, in Inczine #5 & #6, and Verse Kraken 2.

A fourteen poem experimental sequence Terminal Insemination Art was published as an e-chapbook by Silkworms Ink in 2012 (although it was written between 1994 and 1998).

I had several fiction pieces published by indie lit mag The Delinquent and also visual poetry published by The Delinquent, Streetcake and M58.

In February 2011 I completed a seven poem commission for The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, UK. I have had poems short-listed in the Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition in 2011 and 2014 and short-listed in The Bridport Prize Poetry Competition in 2013, had two poems short-listed in 2014, and was shortlisted again in 2015 and 2016  for single poems and had two poems on the 2017 shortlist. I won the Wyvern Prize at the 2013 Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition for The Fleshmaker’s Wife. A further poem was commended in the 2016 Segora Poetry Competition.


I am @clivebirnie on Twitter

I am clivebirnie on Instagram

My Saatchi Art profile is here

Email: cbirnie at gmail dot com

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