Tim Turnbull (b. 1960) is from North Yorkshire. He worked in the forestry industry for many years and started writing poetry in the early 90s. He studied at Middlesex University and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University in 2002.
Since then he has read and performed his work throughout Britain and abroad. He makes no distinction between writing for stage and page. For example, he won the inaugural Edinburgh Book Festival Slam in 2002 with a poem which had also been published in The Rialto magazine. In 2004 he received a Scottish Arts Council bursary and was appointed writer in residence at HMYOI Werrington (a young offenders’ prison) and more recently at Saughton prison, Edinburgh.
What Was That? was published by Donut Press in 2004, followed by Stranded in Sub-Atomica (Donut Press, 2005), which was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in the 2006 Forward Prizes. Caligula on Ice and Other Poems was published in 2009, also by Donut Press. Turnbull’s poetry is sharply witty and frequently very funny. In his latest collection he presents a satirical survey of the cultural landscape post-Modernism, lampooning human endeavour in some of its many fields and forms.