Dr Tom Lee

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Position Lecturer in Creative Writing
Email tom.lee (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Tom Lee

Tom Lee’s short stories and memoir have appeared in The Sunday Times, Esquire and Prospect in the UK, The Dublin Review in Ireland and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All Story in the United States, among others. Greenfly, his debut collection of short stories, was published by Harvill Secker and described in The Times Literary Supplement as ‘fizzing with an energy at once dark and playful, swift in its impact, enduring in its effect’. 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 2015 his non-fiction account of spending 51 days in intensive care was longlisted for The Notting Hill Essay Prize. Tom’s first novel, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, is forthcoming from Granta in 2017.

In 2016 Tom completed his PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College under the supervision of Maura Dooley and Professor Josh Cohen. The thesis comprised a collection of short fiction entitled Big Cat and a critical essay, ‘The challenges of realism in the work of Tobias Wolff, Alice Munro and John Cheever, and in my own practice’.

Academic qualifications

  • BA American and English Literature (UEA)
  • MA Creative Writing (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • PhD Creative Writing (Goldsmiths, University of London)


Since 2013 Tom has been a Guest Tutor on Goldsmiths’ MA Creative and Life Writing. In addition, he currently teaches on undergraduate module ‘Creating the Text’. He has previously taught on Goldsmiths undergraduate module ‘The Short Story’ and as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.



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 . 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 . 2013. The Creaking Door. The Dublin Review(51), pp. 72-90.


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

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


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


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

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