Thomas McColl has had poems and short stories published in magazines such as Envoi, Iota, Prole, Bare Fiction, Rising and Fictive Dream, and his first full collection of flash fiction and poetry, Being With Me Will Help You Learn, was published in 2016 by Listen Softly London Press. One of the poems from the book, The Chalk Fairy, was subsequently included in the Shoestring Press anthology, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, and ended up getting quoted in the Evening Standard. He’s read his poetry and stories at many events in London and beyond – including Landing Place, Celine’s Salon, The Quiet Compere, Birkbeck Writer’s Room and Newham Word Festival – and has been featured on East London Radio, Wandsworth Radio and TV’s London Live. A new collection – a chapbook entitled ‘Grenade Genie’ – will be published by Fly on the Wall Press in May 2020. 

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