Performance Poetry - Winner 2006
It was during his earlier career as Forestry Consultant in South East England that in 1994 Tim Turnbull began to write poetry seriously. Shortly after seeing a performance by the Nuyorican Café poets he became involved in the Slam movement, cutting his teeth in North London circuit and subsequently touring America with Slam teams.
Turnbull cites Tony Harrison, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson as his initial poetic influences but for many years he concentrated on music, singing and playing in a number of punk/ska influenced bands.
In 2003 he received an MA with distinction at the prestigious Creative Writing course at Sheffield Hallam University. His first full collection, 'Stranded in Sub-Atomica' (Donut Press, 2005), was nominated for Forward's Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in 2007. He has also published 'Caligula on Ice' (2009) and several pamphlets with Donut Press.
With the Arts Foundation Fellowship he developed the stage show 'Caligula on Ice' which played at theatres around Britain including the old music halls in Hoxton and Glasgow. A second show, 'Tales of Terror', followed in 2010 and in 2013 created a performance piece for Northern Elements 'Home' event.
He is currently working on a third poetry collection, has recently completed a novel and a series of supernatural short stories.