Tim Thorne’s writing career has stretched over half a century, during which time he has worked as a poet in schools, universities, trade unions, industry associations, prisons and art galleries in places as diverse as Darwin, Liverpool and Prince Edward Island.
He first began publishing work in the mid-sixties then a writing scholarship took him to Stanford University in California in 1971-72. He was a national finalist in the Poetry Slam in 2009 and 2010. Thorne was awarded the Stanford Writing Scholarship, 1971; New Poetry Award, 1973; Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for poetry, 1978; the Gleebooks Poetry Sprint, 1995; the Launceston Poetry Cup, 2006 & 2008; the William Baylebridge award, 2007; and the Christopher Brennan Award, 2012. He has also received support from the Australia Council, Arts Tasmania and the Eleanor Dark Foundation.
To date Thorne has published eleven poetry collections, including a highly-praised volume of new and selected poems, I Con (2008). His long satirical poem using the ottava rima stanzaic form, A Letter to Egon Kisch (2007), won the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize.
He was born in Launceston Tasmania, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie.
You can read an interview with Tim Thorne here.