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The work of Benjamin James Thomas

PhD Student

Currently studying a PhD in Creative Writing - with a focus on psychogeography. My current project is titled: A psychogeographical exploration into one of East Anglia’s Famous Routes – The A12. Understanding its history and importance throughout a non-fictional piece.

Previous works include creative pieces on The 1884 Colchester Earthquake, Bicester and Wivenhoe.

Research Interests:


Situationism and the Dérive.

Place and Space.

Urban Environment.

The Flâneur.

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My name is Benjamin James Thomas and I’m a PhD student in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. I have recently completed a major part of my research - a walk of the complete 120+ mile length of the A12 road – from Blackwall to Lowestoft. This might sound unusual and you’re probably thinking “why?”. Well it follows in the footsteps of earlier studies of routes, such as author Iain Sinclair’s M25 book – “London Orbital” and is entangled with the idea of psychogeography.  I would love to hear from anyone who has any stories or input on the subject as I can weave some of these into my work. Please feel free to take a look at my blog and FAQs for more information and other work I have written and please get in touch if you have any questions or stories.

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I am currently looking for opinions and anecdotes on the A12. Whether you may have lived near to it, commuted along it for years or own a business situated on it. Negative or positive I would love to hear any stories – they may influence where I walk, what I write or what I research. 

Please feel free to send me an email or follow the social media links below. If you would prefer, you can submit a form on the Contact page.

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