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[ when? ] 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]

He is not to be confused with Tom Chivers, author of the 2019 book The AI Does Not Hate You. [10]


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