Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 and grew up in Belfast.
He is currently the GM Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.
Tom won the Somerset Maugham prize in 1977 for his first collection of poetry, A State of Justice, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1982 for his second collection.
He has also edited two collections for Faber and Faber - The Faber Book of Political Verse (1986) and The Faber Book of Vernacular Verse (1990).
His latest work, The Secret Life of Poems, is published by Faber in January 2008. Described as a 'poetry primer', it explains poetic form and structure.