Tom studied english at Keble College Oxford before taking an MA in African Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). He spent much of his twenties living and working abroad, firstly as a volunteer teacher in Lesotho (southern Africa) and then as a university lecturer in English as a Foreign Language in Nagoya, Japan. On returning to England he worked as a freelance lecturer, copywriter and editor in London, where he designed and taught a variety of courses in language and cross-cultural studies for institutions including the British Council and SOAS.
In 2001 Tom moved with his family to Cornwall. Since then he’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor as well as teaching on the MA Professional Writing at Falmouth. As a copywriter, his clients in the past few years have included major banks, global corporations and government agencies as well as locally based companies and not-for-profit organisations. He’s also worked on innovative e-learning projects for Sony Corporation and the UK Basic Skills Agency, and written for newspapers including the Financial Times.
Tom is also a poet and a member of the national writers’ association 26. In 2011 he initiated and co-produced 26 Flavours of Cornwall, a touring exhibition that paired writers with designers and artists to create a series of surprising and beautiful responses to Cornish foods and drinks. He is currently Poet in Residence at Trebah Garden and a member of Falmouth Poetry Group. In 2014 he worked with Falmouth Poetry Group to organise the first Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, which brought a number of major national and international poets to read and run workshops in Cornwall.