Tom Murray

TOM MURRAY BIOGRAPHY

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TOM MURRAY is an award-winning, full-time writer based in Dumfries and Galloway.  He is principally a playwright, but has also had stories and poems widely published in the UK, Canada and the USA.

He is a founder member of the Borders Writers’ Forum and has been a committee member, treasurer and chairperson. He is currently the BWF Writing Expert on our Facebook page.
He is principally a playwright, but has also had stories and poems widely published in the UK, Canada and the USA.  His plays have been performed at various venues in the UK, including the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Arches in Glasgow. His play, Sins of the Father, was a winner of the Rowan Tree Playwriting Competition.
His publications include:  The Future is Behind You (poetry), Sins of the Father (play), The Clash (play) and Out of My Head (fiction).
He is currently a Poetry Ambassador for the Scottish Poetry Library.   Poetry Ambassadors 2021 – Scottish Poetry Library
He has held a number of writing residencies and was a co-editor of the Scottish Borders based literary magazine, The Eildon Tree for 11 years.   During his residencies and as a freelance writer he has facilitated over two hundred and fifty writing workshops, and mentored over sixty individual writers.
Tom is currently working on two plays, and a screenplay, for production in 2022.

His plays have been performed and read at various venues in the UK, including the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Arches in Glasgow. His play, Sins of the Father, was a winner of the Rowan Tree Playwriting Competition and subsequently toured.

His profile on Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland webpage:    http://www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk/playwrights/tom-murray.aspx

He worked with Firebrand Theatre Company on the play What Lies Beneath. Further information: https://www.firebrandtheatre.co.uk/tom-murray

He is widely-experienced as a writing mentor in running workshops and reading and discussing his own work.

For further information see http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/profile-author/2768 or you can contact him at tmurraytg@aol.com to discuss.

RESIDENCIES–SUMMARY
Scottish Poetry Library Poetry Ambassador 2021–ongoing.
Open Book Lead Reader for the Scottish Borders   2019– ongoing.
Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers  to April 2015.
Scottish Book Trust Reader In Residence to Scottish Borders Libraries 2013-2014
Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers  2013-2014
Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers  2010—2012.
Writer In Residence Clackmannashire Council 2006–2010
Writer In Residence Peebles High School  2006–2007
Writer In Residence Galashiels Academy 2005–2006
TUTOR/LECTURER
Tutor  Craigmillar Community Writers 2013.
Creative Writing lecturer Borders College  2003
MENTOR
CABN Mentoring Scheme  2013.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP subjects include:
Playwriting
Poetry
Fiction-including Flash Fiction
Radio Drama.
Memoirs
Writing and performance skills.
Screenplays
Writing for Children
Comic Book Script
Song Lyrics

He was co-editor of the Scottish Borders literary magazine The Eildon Tree from 1999 to 2011.