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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.

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Tom Pow is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates:

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

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