Tom writing on a recent trip


Tom McCulloch was born in Wick, Caithness in 1975.  After living in various locations, following the work of his Exciseman father, his family settled in Ross-shire, overlooked by Ben Wyvis. The mountains have been an inspiration ever since.


Tom received a degree in History from Glasgow University in 1998, followed by a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics in 2005. He then turned his attention to sustainable development and was awarded a Masters from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2008.


Both his papa and father are writers and Tom grew up with books and poetry. Norman MacCaig, Neil Gunn and Jack Kerouac were early touchstones, later joined by Gary Snyder, Céline, Alan Warner, Michel Houellebecq, James Kelman, António Antunes… Northwords magazine published Tom’s first prose and poetry in the 1990s and since then his work has been published in numerous magazines and journals. In 2011, he was long-listed for the Herald/Imagining Scotland short-story competition. He has had two novels published by Sandstone Press, The Stillman (2014) and A Private Haunting (2016).

Tom currently works for a community development charity and lives outside Oxford. In 2011, with the rain skirling on Hoy, Orkney, and the Old Man looking on, he proposed to Bev. Luckily, she said yes. Their daughter Ada arrived in 2014.