3rd of April, 1.30pm: Tom Chivers

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Tom Chivers is a writer, publisher and arts producer. Born 1983 in South London and educated at St Anne’s College, Oxford, he currently lives in Rotherhithe.

In 2008 he was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute. He is the author of How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award), Flood Drain (Annexe Press, 2014) and, as editor, several anthologies including the award-winning Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. In September 2009 BBC Radio 4 broadcast his documentary about the poet Barry MacSweeney. In 2011 his poem ‘The Event’ was turned into an animated film by Julia Pott for Channel 4; it has subsequently been shown at SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals, and viewed over 100,000 times online. Most recently he has made site-specific audio walks along London’s lost rivers for Cape Farewell, Southbank Centre and the Bishopsgate Institute.

He is currently writing a book of creative non-fiction entitled London Clay: Journeys into the Deep City, and is working on an audio performance for After a War (London International Festival of Theatre/Battersea Arts Centre). He runs the independent publisher and arts producing company Penned in the Margins, and is a former co-director of London Word Festival.

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