Tim Dooley has taught English in and near London since 1974 and has been publishing poems for about the same time. He edited two editions of a small magazine called Green Lines, and later reviewed poetry regularly for the TLS. He has been an active member of two influential writers’ workshops and worked as a creative writing tutor for Arvon, Writers’ Inc and The Poetry School.
His first collection The Interrupted Dream was published by Anvil in 1985. This was followed by two smaller collections, The Secret Ministry (2001) and Tenderness (2004), both winners in the Poetry Business pamphlet competition. Tenderness was also a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.
He won the Sheffield Thursday poetry prize in 1995 and the Blue Nose Poet-of-the –Year Competition in 2001.
He read English at Oxford and, much later, completed a research MA with the Open University on the poetry of Clough. He is Head of English and Film Studies at Rickmansworth School, Hertfordshire, is married and has two grown up sons.