Mark Haworth-Booth was born in Yorkshire in 1944 and grew up in Sussex. He studied English Literature at Cambridge University and Fine Art at Edinburgh University and worked as a curator at the Manchester Art Gallery (1969-70) then the Victoria and Albert Museum (1970-2004), and has published books on graphic design and photography. He and his wife have lived in North Devon since 2009. They are both active members of the Green Party and Extinction Rebellion. His verse has appeared in national magazines since the 1980s and he featured in 'New Voices' at the South Bank Centre in 1992.
The Thermabaric Playground presents Haworth-Booth’s poems in four overlapping sections:
(i) ‘Habitat’ in which the poems introduce the Devon countryside where the author lives; (ii) ‘The Headlined World’, in which he widens his focus to include the impact on nature of human activity; (iii) ‘For the birds’ celebrates birds, wild and domesticated, that live alongside us; and in (iv) ‘Presences’ he portrays people and the arts they create in the human environment.
THE THERMOBARIC PLAYGROUND by Mark Haworth-Booth