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.
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