The title poem - From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body - won second prize (out of 12,000 entries) in the UK’s most prestigious competition, The National Poetry Competition (2006).
John Latham is a research scientist who has been awarded several medals by the Royal Meteorological Society, and was for 8 years President of the International Commision on Atmospheric Electricity. Born near Liverpool, he held a chair of physics at the University of Manchester (UMIST) until 1988, before moving partially to the US, where he is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.
In recent years, John has turned his attention full time as a writer of poetry, radio plays, stories, and novels. Several of John’s works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and his poetry collections include All-Clear(Peterloo Poets, 1990) and Sailor Boy (The Collective Press, 2006). John released the novel Ditch-Crawl with Comma Press in 2004.