Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009.
He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and a travel book about Peru. In The Becoming, Selected and New Poems (Polygon) has recently been published (June 2009).
He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Virtual Writer in Residence (Scotland’s first) for the Scottish Library Association’s Scottish Writers Project. He was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001 to 2003.
From 2000 to 2009, he worked for the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling.
Tom Pow is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes & Awards
1987 Scottish Arts Council Book Award Rough Seas
1988 Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary
1990 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award (shortlist) The Moth Trap
1990 Scottish Arts Council Book Award The Moth Trap
1995 TESS Educational Publications Award (shortlist) Shouting It Out: Stories from Contemporary Scotland
1997 Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary
2001 Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book of the Year Award Who is the World For?
2002 Hawthornden Fellowship
2003 Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary
2004 Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award (shortlist) Landscapes and Legacies
2009 Winner of the Poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards in association with the Scottish Arts Council
Tom is represented in The Best of Scottish (Chambers), The Faber Anthology of Modern Scottish Poetry, The Hutchinson Book of Post-War British Poets, Under Cover (Mainstream), Mind Readings (Minerva), Scottish Poems (Macmillan), Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century (Scottish Cultural Press), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry (Polygon) and many others.
Fellowships & Residences
Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, 1992-93.
Scotland’s first Virtual Writer in Residence, 2000-01, employed by the Scottish Library Association.
Scotland’s Year of the Artist, 2001: Book Artist in Residence (with Hugh Bryden) at Wigtown Book Town: exhibitions, talks and book building with local schoolchildren.
First Writer in Residence at Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Hawthornden International Writing Fellowship, 2002
Scottish Executive Reading Champion, 2002.
Poet in Residence, StAnza, St Andrews Poetry Festival, 2005