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Tom Clucas

Tom Clucas (2006) is an accomplished poet and scholar.

In his first year as an undergraduate he won the Graham Midgley Prize for his poem A note to his subconscious, and in his third year he won the Eugene Lee Hamilton prize for his Petrarchan Sonnet, Isis, Second Floor.

His article Allusion to 'Samson Agonistes' in Coleridge’s 'France: An Ode' was accepted by Notes and Queries (September 2009) before he received his results in Finals.  He graduated with a First, and in 2014 successfully completed a DPhil on reclusion in the works of Cowper and Wordsworth.

Recent publications include an article on Plutarch’s 'Parallel Lives' in 'The Excursion' in The Wordsworth Circle (Spring 2014) and one on Editing Milton During the French Revolution in the Review of English Studies (November 2014). He has also published poems in The Literateur, The ISIS, The Oxford Magazine, and Notes Magazine.

He is an active member of the Failed Novelists Society, which meets on Sunday afternoons – appropriately in the College’s Welfare Room – and although he completed his D.Phil. at Christ Church he regularly attended Creative Writing workshops at the Hall. He is also an active member of the Hall Writers' Forum.

In 2013, Tom delivered a paper at the International Wordsworth Summer Conference. His poem Snippets of a Quiet Year was joint winner of the Lord Alfred Douglas prize for poetry, in a competition open to all undergraduate and graduate mambers of the University. He is currently working on a postdoctoral research project on Lives in Dialogue in Germany, while planning to publish a version of his thesis and continuing to write poetry and fiction.

Why is writing important?

"The main reason I chose to apply to Teddy Hall was because I knew that the tutors here encourage creative writing – the two volumes of Synergies, poems written by students in the college’s creative writing workshop, had just been published...

...Writing helps to make all literature feel more accessible - it helps me to understand the struggles and compromises that go into its creation - and makes me feel part of a conversation in which all writers have tried to make sense of the world: not just the physical world available to science, but the world as it exists differently in every person's consciousness."