Tom Bryan

Short-story writer, Poet, Non-fiction writer, Novelist


Tom Bryan was born in Winnipeg, Canada of Irish descent but has lived in Scotland for many years. He is the author of six poetry volumes, a novel and two small collections of short stories, plus three books of non-fiction. His work has been translated into Gaelic, Spanish and Hungarian. He has worked as a freelance journalist and has been broadcast on BBC Radio and the BBC World Service. A two-person drama about the life of Thomas the Rhymer made an appearance in the State Theatre in Tula, Russia.

Tom plays harmonica and writes songs, some of which have been recorded. His poems and short stories have won national competitions. He has held three writing residencies in various parts of Scotland, working in settings ranging from Peterhead Prison to reading poetry on British Rail. He has edited three literary magazines, founding one of them, The Eildon Tree.

Tom lives in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. He belongs to the Society of Authors, Amnesty International and the John Muir Trust. He is working on several projects at the moment, including a non-fiction book, a novel and a collection of selected short stories. He has two grown-up children and a grandchild. His wife Lis is a trained journalist and writer. Tom is Lis’s full-time carer but works one day per week as the RLF Fellow at Newcastle University.

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Tom Bryan

Short-story writer, Poet, Non-fiction writer, Novelist


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  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2013–2015
  • University of York, 2009–2011