Tomás Graves

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Tomás Graves (born 27 January 1953, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) is a graphic designer, printer, musician and writer. [1] He is the son of the poet Robert Graves and Beryl Graves (née Pritchard).



In 1964, he began at Bedales boarding school in England. [2] In 1972, he began studying typographic design at the London College of Printing. In 1975, he returned to Majorca and began working as a designer, photographer and musician. In 1979, he travelled to Nicaragua for six months to observe and document the Sandinista revolution in recordings and photographs, and playing with the Teatro Popular Sandinista. [3]

He joined the Mallorcan band, Pa Amb Oli (Bread and Olive Oil) in 1980. The same year, he met his future wife, Carmen. In 1983, Graves and Carmen established the New Seizin Press in Deià, producing entirely hand-made books until 2000. Their daughter, Rocío, was born in 1987, and Tomás and Carmen married in 1996. [4]

He began writing and translating in 1996. His first translation was of Guy de Forestier's Beloved Majorcans into English, followed by his own work in Spanish, Un Hogar en Mallorca (A Home in Majorca). Volem Pa Amb Oli was translated as Bread and Oil and has also appeared in Dutch (Brood en Olie). His first book written in English was Tuning Up at Dawn. [4]


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  1. Harper Perennial website: Authors
  2. Graves, T. Tuning up at Dawn, Harper Perennial, 2004, p. 121
  3. Graves, T. Tuning up at Dawn, ibid., p. 163
  4. 1 2 Tucker, L. P.S., p. 9;[ not specific enough to verify ] Graves, T. Tuning up at Dawn, ibid.