Our 17th writer-in-residence; Tom is an author, academic and journalist. He has written two books about the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster, Hazelwood (Penguin Random House, 2020) and The Coal Face (Penguin, 2015, winner of the Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award). He has also written a humorous travel memoir, Mörön to Mörön: Two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure (Allen & Unwin, 2013).
As a freelancer, Tom has written for The Big Issue, Crikey, Red Cross Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians, the Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, New Matilda, The Lifted Brow, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Cordite Poetry Journal and the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Habitat magazine. Tom has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, a PhD in Literary Journalism from Monash University, and currently teaches creative writing at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus. During his residency he is researching a new book about prepper cultures in Aotearoa and worldwide, We Are All Preppers Now (Scribe Publications).