Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Tom's Bath Spa story
Spending time in the company of some of the best writers in the country was exhilarating for me. I didn’t write a huge amount on the course, and I’m still not exactly prolific now, but I listened. I hadn’t grown up around poetry, and writing poetry to me was listening to Bob Dylan (obsessively) and replacing his lyrics with my own, using the music of his songs to provide the rhythm in my writing. I was a long way off discovering that poetry had its own music.
"When I did finally get my first poem published, Tim was one of the first people I told and, though this must be annoying for him, this remains the case for any success I have."
I remember during the course Tim Liardet telling me that I would be published one day and wondering what he meant. How he could be so sure? Before starting the course I had no idea how to go about getting a poem published. I didn’t even know there were magazines to send out to. When I did finally get my first poem published, Tim was one of the first people I told and, though this must be annoying for him, this remains the case for any success I have.
My poems have appeared in various magazines, including Stand,Staple and The Frogmore Papers and I was one of the poets featured in the 2012 anthology: Lung Jazz— Young British Poets for Oxfam. I have been shortlisted for the Melita Hume prize and was the winner of the 2014 Templar IOTA Shots pamphlet competition. My pamphlet, The Outsider, and my first full collection, All That Falling, have both been released.