The People Who Shaped My Writing: Tom McColl

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Thomas McColl was born in 1970 and lives in London. He’s had poems published in magazines such as Envoi, Iota, Prole, Riggwelter, Atrium, London Grip and Ink, Sweat & Tears, and his first collection of poetry, Being With Me Will Help You Learn, was published in 2016 by Listen Softly London Press. One of the poems from the book, The Chalk Fairy, was subsequently included in the Shoestring Press anthology, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, and ended up getting quoted in the Evening Standard. He’s read and performed his poetry at many events in London and beyond - including Celine’s Salon, The Quiet Compere, Birkbeck Writer’s Room and Newham Word Festival - and has been featured on East London Radio, BBC Radio Kent Wandsworth Radio and TV’s London Live


Isabelle: Do you feel your work has been inspired by your influences in any way? To what extent do writers inspire your own poetry?