Tom Chivers

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Tom Chivers is a British poet, editor and live literature promoter.

Born 1983 in South London, he was educated at Dulwich College and then at St Anne's College, Oxford. He currently lives in East London.[1]

Chivers is director of Penned in the Margins, an independent poetry publisher and arts producing company. He was Co-Director of London Word Festival (2007- 2011)[2] and was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute. [1]In 2009, he won the Crashaw Prize for his debut collection, How To Build A City, which was also shortlisted for the London New Poets Award.[3]The Terrors was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. In 2011 he won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.[4][5]

In 2009 Chivers was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award for his work with London Word Festival.[6]

In 2017, Chivers co-directed a UK theatre production of the fourteenth-century poem Piers Plowman, under the moniker 'Fair Field'.[7][8] It included an exhibition at the National Poetry Library and a series of podcasts published by the Guardian.[9]


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