Biography

Alex Toms
Alex Toms

I'm a mum and poet living in Wivenhoe, Essex and am on the committee of a popular monthly poetry event, Poetry Wivenhoe. My poems have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies including Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015). I have twice been a winner in the Essex Poetry Festival competition, receiving a commendation in 2012 and 3rd prize in 2014. Other competition successes include a commendation in the  2013 Poetry London competition, runner up in the 2015 Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition, 2nd place in the 2015 George Crabbe Memorial Competition and 1st in The New Writer prize for best single poem, 2013. In 2015 I was named Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year.
As well as entering competitions I also judge them! Last summer I had the pleasure of judging over 200 entries from local primary schools and will be doing the same this year.
I give readings and hope to bring out a pamphlet in the not too distant future.
When I'm not writing poetry I enjoy baking (muffins are a speciality of mine!), practising yoga, reading and daydreaming.

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- 1 day ago

What's this? #KitHarington in a @BBCOne series about the #Gunpowder plot?! That's the best birthday present a girl could ask for! #5thNov
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- 2 days ago

In bed with the lurgy, writing a #poem about anchorites and immurement. Morbid? Maybe, but this is how I roll! 😉 #amwriting #poetry
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- 5 days ago

The sun is a really weird colour today. N.B. "really weird" is the official meteorological term for it! 😉 #StormOphelia
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