Tom Bullough

Tom Bullough

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Last updated: 12 May 2009

Tom Bullough is a Welsh novelist and journalist famous for his 2008 Wales Book of the Year shortlisted novel The Claude Glass.

Watch Tom Bullough read extracts from his novel The Claude Glass.

Tom Bullough was born in 1975 and grew up on a farm in the rural setting of Radnorshire in the Welsh Borders, which was to become the setting of his second novel The Claude Glass.

He has previously lived near Welsh book town Hay-on-Wye and on a strawberry farm near the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, and has worked as a tractor driver and Zimbabwean music promoter.

In 2002 Bullough's debut novel A was published and five years later his second, The Claude Glass (2007), was released. The latter was shortlisted for the 2008 Wales Book of the Year award, but Bullough was beaten to the prize by Dannie Abse.

According to Bullough's website he currently lives in the Cambrian Mountains, near the Elan Valley reservoirs and has a number of ongoing literary projects which include Ibo, a travel book set in Africa inspired by his trip to the island off the northern coast of Mozambique.

He is also working on two novels and a children's book about "mist, a pig, a boat, an asteroid, a mynah bird, the Silurian era, the lost kingdom of Ys, the trans-Siberian express and the Psilli of the Sahara, who once declared war against the wind".

In 2009 he was involved in a BBC Cymru Wales/Indus Films production entitled From Wales To Timbuktu, in which he acted as a literature mentor to four teenagers who had embarked on a literary journey of a lifetime.

Selected bibliography

  • A (2002)
  • The Claude Glass (2007)

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