Mrs Dr. Jo Clement

Country of residence

United Kingdom


British Gypsy


Writer, Editor and Interdisciplinary Artist


Dr Jo Clement is an award-winning Roma writer, editor and publisher whose critical research examines – and whose creative practice illuminates – Roma identity, cultural history and heritage. Her Ph.D. research investigates the presence of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller peoples in eighteenth-century British visual culture and literature. The study was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council UK scholarship and was completed in 2019. She is currently Managing Editor of the UK press ‘Butcher’s Dog’, a bi-annual arts-poetry journal.

Durham Book Festival and Arts Council England commissioned Dr Clement to write, publish and disseminate a new illustrated poetry book ‘Outlandish’ (August, 2019). The collaboration with fellow Roma writer Damian Le Bas and artist John Hewitt documents an invisible Roma history. A new collection of Dr Clement’s poems ‘Moveable Type’ (March, 2020) received an Arts Council England grant. Shortlisted for Best Poetry Book in the Saboteur Awards, the book is set at the largest gathering of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in Europe: Appleby Horse Fair, where over 40,000 people have converged annually for over 250 years to celebrate Roma ethnicity and culture.

In the early career stages of sharing and publishing, Dr Clement’s academic research meets REF standards of quality and innovation.