Tobias Hill

Tobias Hill

Tobias Hill (born London, England, 30 March 1970) is an award-winning British poet and novelist. He was educated at Hampstead School, Westminster School and Sussex University. [ [ "The poet who works with kids and animals"] , "Camden New Journal", 10 December 2004. Accessed 18 November 2007.]

His four collections of poetry are:"Year of the Dog" (1995), "Midnight in the City of Clocks" (1996), influenced by his experience of life in Japan, "Zoo" (1998) and "Nocturne in Chrome & Sunset Yellow" (2006). His collection of short stories, "Skin" (1997), won him the International PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award.

His novel "Underground" (1999), set on the London Underground, won the Arts Council Writer's Award.

"The Love of Stones" (2001) is the diligently-researched story of a long-lost jewel, known as "The Three Bretheren" or "The Brothers", once owned by Elizabeth I [The jewel is "not" a fiction. Queen Elizabeth is shown wearing it in "The Ermine portrait" at Hatfield House and documented in "Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I" by Roy C Strong, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1963, Plate 86. ] .

His third novel, "The Cryptographer", was published in 2003, described by the author A. S. Byatt as evidence of "one of the two or three most original and interesting young novelists working in Britain today". [ [,,1343557,00.html Guardian article] from Dec 2004, Tobias Hill's poetry workshop]

His poetry and short stories have been adapted for BBC Radio 4, and he has also written on rock music for the "Sunday Telegraph", alongside work as poetry editor for various literary periodicals.

He lives in London and is Royal Society of Literature Fellow at Sussex University. In 2003 Hill was nominated one of the best young writers in Britain by the "Times Literary Supplement".


*"Year of the Dog", National Poetry Foundation, 1995
*"Midnight in the City of Clocks", Oxford University Press, 1996
*"Skin", Faber and Faber, 1997
*"Zoo", Oxford University Press, 1998
*"Underground", Faber and Faber, 1999
*"The Love of Stones", Faber and Faber, 2001
*"The Cryptographer", Faber and Faber, 2003
*"Nocturne in Chrome & Sunset Yellow", Salt Publishing, 2006
* "Forthcoming Novel, from Faber and Faber (30 Jun 2007) ISBN 0571218393" (announced on Amazon.Co.Uk, accessed 8 February 2008)".

External links

* [ Interview at (accessed 8 February 2008)]

* [ 35 second clip, with Hill speaking about his book " Underground" (accessed 20 March 2008).]

* [ 35 second clip, with Hill speaking about his book "The love of stones" (accessed 8 February 2008).]

* [ 35 second clip, with Hill speaking about his book "The Cryptographer" (accessed 20 March 2008).]

* [ British Council: Contemporary Writers website - Tobias Hill (with portrait)] (accessed 19 March 2008).


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