Tim Murgatroyd was born in 1966 and spent his childhood in the small West Yorkshire mill town of Brighouse. This experience taught him to endure rain with an eye out for eventual sunshine. Also, that if you are climbing a steep Pennine hill, the worst thing you can do is stop half way up.

As an identical twin, he learned that individuality is a game of two halves. Perhaps that’s why he developed an early passion for reading and writing, to find out who he imagined himself to be.

Tim went on to study English at Hertford College, Oxford University, where his suspicion was confirmed that one of life’s greatest privileges is to read and read. Poetry was his passion there. Above all, he learned that great literature is where you find it – and that often means in translation.

After university he worked with homeless people for many years until he decided, inspired by his love of books, to retrain as a teacher at York University. He currently leads creative writing workshops for all ages on both poetry and fiction writing. These have taken place in both university and school settings.

For brief accounts of how Tim came to write Taming Poison Dragons and Breaking Bamboo, and The Mandate of Heaven please see the Information and Amazon Link drop downs on this site.

Since writing the China Trilogy, Tim has written a stand alone time-shift novel set in wartime Holland and contemporary New York, The Nazi’s Daughter (see link at https://bit.ly/2RqZSgr), as well as a series of poetry ebooks, Poems For Mobiles.

He is currently working on an exciting new dystopian trilogy, The Pilgrim Trilogy, the first volume of which, Pilgrim Tale, is to be published by Cloud Lodge Books in March 2019.

Tim Murgatroyd lives with his wife and two sons in York. He loves exploring its ancient city walls, cavernous Minster, winding ‘snickleways’ and numerous pubs. Tim also plays classical and jazz guitar but can’t find the time to play as often as he’d like – too busy writing! (Please see Blog: A writer writes . . .)

Some Favourite Books (not in rank order)


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Sportsman’s Sketchbook by Ivan Turgenev

Complete Poems by William Wordsworth

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry (from Early Times to the Thirteenth Century) translated by Burton Watson

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Complete Works by William Shakespeare

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas