Tom Lee’s PhD project focused on the short story form: it comprised a collection of eight stories followed by a close textual analysis of five stories by writers whose work has been significant in his own development.
A number of the stories in the collection have been published, including ‘The Current’, which was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize for a single short story in the world. Other stories have been published in Esquire, and broadcast on Radio 4.
His first collection of stories, Greenfly, begun on the MA Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths (2000-2002), was published by Harvill Secker in 2009. It was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "fizzing with an energy at once dark and playful, swift in its impact, enduring in its effect".
He was awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Brookleaze grant to complete his second collection, the stories written during his Goldsmiths PhD.