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Tom was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, but now lives in Norwich. In 2009-2010, he was Poet in residence to Newark, Nottinghamshire, as part of the Poetry-on-Trent project, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. In preparation for the project, Tom paddled 170 miles down the length of the River Trent in an open canoe.
Tom also won an Eric Gregory Award in 2001, a Faber New Poets Award in 2010, the ink-sweat-and-tears Norfolk Prize in 2009 and 2010, the Escalator Prize in 2011 and the Plough Prize in 2011. A previous pamphlet of Tom’s poetry was published by Faber & Faber, in 2010.