Dr Tom Lee

Staff details

Dr Tom Lee


Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing


English and Creative Writing


tom.lee (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Tom is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist.

Tom Lee is the author of a novel, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr (Granta, 2017), and a collection of short stories, Greenfly (Harvill Secker, 2008). His stories, memoir and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Esquire, and Granta Magazine in the UK, The Dublin Review in Ireland and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All Story and The Paris Review in the United States, among others. His work has received the Royal Society of Literature’s Brookleaze Grant, a Society of Author’s Award and two Arts Council Grants for the Arts Awards. In 2012 he was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize for a single short story in the world and in 2013 he was part of British Council UK Writers in Mexico project. He was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Greenwich from 2019 to 2022.

Tom’s memoir, The Bullet, will be published by Granta in 2024.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Creative Writing, Goldsmiths 2016
  • MA Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths 2002
  • BA American and English Literature, UEA 1997

Teaching and supervision

I teach tutorials and the specialist fiction workshop on the MA Creative and Life Writing. I also supervise students on the Creative Writing PhD.

Research interests

My research is focused on contemporary fiction and in particular the short story form. I am Deputy Director of the Goldsmiths Writers' Centre.

Publications and research outputs


Lee, Tom. 2017. The Alarming Palsy of James Orr. London: Granta. ISBN 9781783783946

Lee, Tom. 2009. Greenfly. London: Harvill Secker. ISBN 1846551943

Book Section

Lee, Tom. 2015. A porta enferrujada. In: Isabel Fernandes; Maria de Jesus Cabral; Teresa Casal; Alda Correia and Diana V. Almeida, eds. Contar (com) a Medicina. Portugal: Edicoes Pedago, pp. 267-285. ISBN 9789899655516


Lee, Tom. 2022. My father's asylum. The Dublin Review(89), pp. 14-31. ISSN 1393-998X

Lee, Tom. 2018. The Resortist. The Dublin Review(72), ISSN 1393-998X

Lee, Tom. 2015. The invader and the antidote. The Dublin Review(57), pp. 26-45. ISSN 1393-998X


Lee, Tom. 2018. The Swimmer. Granta, Granta Online.

Lee, Tom. 2015. Big Cat. Vanguard, London.


Lee, Tom. 2022. The Current.

Lee, Tom. 2022. Rejection.

Lee, Tom. 2022. How I Write.


Lee, Tom. 2019. The Benefits of Chronic Illness.


Lee, Thomas. 2016. Big Cat: A collection of short stories. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London