First published in the West Midlands Arts magazine, People to People, in 1988, Thomas McColl went on to have poems published in magazines such as Envoi, Rising, Fire, iota, Purple Patch, the Rue Bella, Neon Highway, Equinox, the Coffee House, the Big Spoon and Poetry Nottingham International. In 1995, he had a poem featured in poster form on London’s buses via Big Wide Words and in 2003 was included in the Hearing Eye anthology, In the Company of Poets.

More recently, Thomas has written fiction as well as poetry, publishing short stories in magazines such as Geeked, the Alarmist, Belleville Park Pages, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Open Pen and Bare Fiction, while appearances in anthologies include the bestselling Stories for Homes (in aid of the housing charity Shelter) and From the Slopes of Olympus to the Banks of the Lea, the first book by Smoke: A London Peculiar. In May 2012, he won 2nd prize in 4’33” Magazine’s 60 Second Story Contest and, at the end of 2013, gained a Highly Commended in the Literature Works First Page Prize Competition for the first 300 words and synopsis of the novel he’s currently working on.

Over the past few years, he’s regularly performed his work at various venues. In May 2013, he reached the finals of Chalk the Sun’s Short Story Slam at the Wandsworth Arts Festival and, in July, was on the bill at Oxjam’s ‘Not-just-for-kids takeover’ event in Dalston. In November 2013, he won Kirkdale Bookshop’s inaugural short story contest and, in January 2014, took part in a reading/Q & A session hosted by 4’33” Magazine at the Words with Edge Festival in East London. In May 2014, he read as a guest of Bare Fiction Magazine at the Saboteur Awards in Oxford, and in September, was a guest reader at Listen Softly London.

Thomas lives in London and works at the House of Commons, having previously worked in the book trade. He has an Amazon page and a Twitter account @ThomasMcColl2


From Listen Softly London Press the new book by Thomas McColl

BEING WITH ME WILL HELP YOU LEARN (Click here to buy a copy)

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Consummate artistry…Thomas McColl’s sophisticated wit and humour made me laugh out loud and reminded me of Ian McMillan. These poems with their ironic commentary on the modern world need to be read aloud. When you reach the last one, I hope that like me you will feel you have been reading the work of a poet who enjoys his craft and wants you to enjoy it too. Peter Day, Iota