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THOMMIE GILLOW

Thommie has performed poetry for as long as she can remember – age five, when her Catholic upbringing had her singing songs and writing poems about loving God, through to being 17 and the lamenting of actual or non-existing boyfriends, and on to her current status as a feminist, lover and mum.

A lecturer in creative writing, English and film at Bridgwater and Taunton College, Thommie helps run Hammer & Tongue in Bristol, staging monthly poetry nights, and works as a poetry editor with Burning Eye Books. She was named Bard of Bath in 2008.

Thommie receives regular commissions for her poetry, one of which – Moonbrella – she is bringing to Manx Litfest 2018.