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Tim Turnbull

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
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I was born in North Yorkshire, but have lived in rural Perthshire for almost 20 years. I am author of three poetry collections, several pamphlets, two stage shows and a book of supernatural short stories, as well as having work in numerous magazine and anthologies.

In 2015, I was awarded a PhD in weird fiction writing from Northumbria University, and since 2017, the poem 'Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn' has been an A level set text in England. I am highly experienced in delivering workshops to adults in community settings including in three residencies in prisons, several major schools projects and the delivery of poetry and prose creative writing classes from beginners to post-graduate level. Work in schools and communities has led to publications and performances, and I have coordinated the production of adult learner-targeted material.

As well as educational work, I am a seasoned performer, appearing in theatres, at festivals and conferences across Britain. As a pioneer of the slam movement, I travelled the UK, USA and Germany reciting, performing and MCing for audiences large and small. I am happy to read and discuss my own and others' work and its literary context at any level. (Photo credit: Dougie Noble)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Horror; Performance training; Politics; Rural communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+