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  • Date: 1 June 2010
  • Artform: Literature
  • Area: Midlands
Poetry on Trent Poetry on Trent, Photo: James Parkinson

In 2009, Tom Warner was poet-in-residence to Newark, Nottinghamshire and Project Manager of the Poetry-on-Trent project, where he organised and delivered community engagement events and workshops, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tom says: 'As preparation for being poet-in-residence I travelled the 170 miles of the River Trent in an open canoe on a journey that gave me a deeper understanding of the river and also attracted publicity for the project. In fact, the canoe trip was the unique feature of Poetry-on-Trent.

'I reached new audiences through readings and broadcasts, including on BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC Radio Staffordshire and Boundary Sound FM. A legacy of the project is the Poetry-on-Trent audio archive of local poets reading their work. This will be held at Newark Library and will be available to the public.'


Head-of-Trent water

head-over-heels water

headfirst-down-the-hillside water

quick as a mink under-branches-and-roots water

Tom won an Eric Gregory Award in 2001 from the Society of Authors and graduated from the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA with distinction. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications, including Rialto, Stand, 10th Muse and Smiths Knoll. His work has been broadcast on BBC radio and he appeared at the Latitude Festival in 2008.

From 2002 to 2008, Tom was a regular further education tutor of creative writing at the Centre of Continuing Education at the University of East Anglia, and in 2005 he was a higher education tutor of creative writing at Norwich University College of the Arts.

This year, Tom is one of four Faber & Faber New Poets to be published. He attended the Poetry Trust's Aldeburgh-Jerwood Advanced Poetry Seminar in March 2010.