Thom is the Poet Laureate for the City of Plymouth (2016 -). Following his instatement he performed at various events during the Plymouth Literature Festival including a show of his own making titled ‘In The Darkly Woods’. The fairy tale and folklore show was co-written with his writing partner Dorian Sounde (Daniel Morgan). The sequel titled ‘The Darkly Woods Strikes Back’ debuted at the 2017 Plymouth Literature Festival.
Thom is a regular performer in Plymouth and the surrounding area, reading at Cross Country Writers (which he regularly hosts), The Word, Twin Sounds, Plymouth Language Club, and The Port Eliot Festival. In 2018, Thom launched his own unique poetry group called Poetry Club. The group collaborates with other established literature organisations to put on innovative events.
Thom has had work published in the local press (The Plymouth Herald, Made In Plymouth) as well as online features such as The Railroad Poetry Project, Dark Mirror, and Strange-Poetry. In September 2017 his poem ‘She’ featured in the paper publication titled The Broadsheet. Thom's poem ‘Dragonfly’ was published in The Dawntreader and his poem 'The Song Didn't Play' will be seen in the next edition of Domestic Cherry (out in Summer 2018).
As Poet Laureate, Thom has had the pleasure of reading at the Illuminate Festival (2016/17), The Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On (2017), and two sociology conferences (Methodology Conference and A/B Gender Conference). He has run workshops for both primary and secondary school children including opening a library nestled in a converted double-decker bus, guest lectured at the University of Plymouth (teaching trainee teachers how to deliver poetry in schools), and organised Plymouth’s first inter-school poetry competition.
In 2017, Thom was interviewed by Radio Devon for World Poetry Day and in 2018 he featured on BBC Spotlight to showcase a project with Volume AI, involving a robot delivering poetry. Aside from lending state of the art robots a few similes, he has also been involved in a data/AI project with Graham Snow which centred on a twitter account generating new poetry from his works and various statistical information about Plymouth.
During October 2017 he acted as a writing technique judge in Plymouth's first Poetry Slam contest (run by Pucker Poets/Alexander Rhodes and Robert Garnham) as well as hosting an open mic poetry event on board a boat bobbing along Plymouth Sound.
In November 2017, Thom was involved in the artistic response for the Poppies:Wave sculpture visiting Plymouth Hoe. His poem and the other poems created by local writers are available to download on the free content section of this website.
Thom has been part of the panel for the Mayflower 400 Culture Fund and in July 2018, Thom helped organise and host Plural, along with Matthew Carbery and Melisande Fitzsimons. The event was a celebration of culture, showcasing local writers and talking about their inspirations.
In October 2018, Thom was asked to stay on as Poet Laureate as the city begins it's search for his replacement.
Prima Materia, Thom's autobiographical debut poetry collection was published on 23rd November 2018 by Waterhare Press. It is available to buy through Amazon or loan from Plymouth Library.