Tom Bullough

Novelist, Short-story writer
Swansea University

Tom Bullough is the author of four novels, most recently Addlands (Granta, 2016). Admirers of his work, which has been widely translated, include John Banville, Victoria Hislop, Niall Griffiths, Susan Hill and Andrew Miller. Although Konstantin (Viking, 2012) is a version of the life of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the nineteenth-century father of the Russian space programme, Tom’s novels have mostly been set in rural Wales. The Claude Glass (Sort Of Books, 2007) is told through the eyes of two small boys of radically different backgrounds living on neighbouring Welsh hill farms. Addlands is set in a similarly remote community between 1941 and 2011. It explores the impact of twentieth-century technologies on the culture, language and landscape of the mid-Wales hills.

Tom has contributed to various titles in the Rough Guides series – he has a particular interest in the music of Southern Africa – and, in 2015, co-wrote a screenplay for Revolution Films, Mr Burton, about the early life of the actor, Richard Burton. His short stories have been included in anthologies including Oxtravels (Profile, 2011) and Beacons (One World, 2013). At present he is a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales, where he received his PhD in 2014. Since 2008 he has worked as a freelance tutor in Creative Writing for organisations including Ty Newydd, the Arvon Foundation, Hay Festival and Cardiff University.

Tom Bullough grew up on a hill farm in Radnorshire. He now lives in the Brecon Beacons with his wife and two small children.

Tom Bullough
Image credit: Julian Broad

Fellowships

Swansea University 2016/17