Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Best known as an award-winning poet, he has also written and published short stories for over forty years. These have been published in magazines and journals in the UK, Europe and the USA;also several have been broadcast on the BBC, published in anthologies and translated. He is working on a selected stories collection called Throwing the Punch. He introduced and established the Creative Writing Masters at his university and tutored a number of award-winning authors, poets and novelists. Tony Curtis has published over thirty books of poetry, criticism and art commentary. In 2014 he toured his memoir talk My Life with Dylan Thomas at festivals and campuses from Paris to Dublin, via London, Cardiff, Lincoln and Swansea, among other places.
Tony Curtis in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1965 At Swansea University
What do you love about Short Stories?I am attracted to the short story because I lack the stamina for a novel.
Do you write in other forms?Poems and criticism.
What distracts you from writing?Art, tennis, golf, rugby
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Art, tennis, golf, rugby (as a spectator)
What is your favourite book?Ray carver's short story Shall We Dance? Concise, implied, complete.
Who are your favourite writers?Leslie Norris, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and Dylan Thomas
Where is your dream location?in bed
What one item would you put into Room 101?religious fanactics
Do you have any advice for new writers?Read as much as you write.
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