Writer and academic
I teach journalism at the University of Stirling where I am a professorial teaching fellow in the School of Arts and Humanities.
I started out as a journalist working in Northern Ireland during the eighties and nineties – on the Carrickfergus Advertiser, The Ulster News Letter and the Irish News. From 1993-99 I was the editor of the Irish News. In addition to news and comment, I wrote extensively about the arts in Northern Ireland – particularly music – and was chairman of the Ulster Orchestra, and Imagine Belfast 2008, the company which put together the city’s abortive bid for European Capital of Culture status.
Winner of the Judge’s special award in the inaugural Northern Ireland Media Awards, I also held the UK Regional Newspaper Editor of the Year Award in 1995, my paper was named UK Regional Newspaper of the Year that year, and it won the overall award for outstanding achievement.. In 2002 I received an award from Arts and Business for my contribution to the arts in 2007, and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for my contribution to music in Northern Ireland. I have discovered that awards and recognition are nice, but don’t make work any easier.
I keep my creative side alive by writing fiction. I am trying to hone my skills writing short stories, and have completed a novel which I am currently trying to find someone to take an interest in. I also write a bit of poetry, but the muse is often busy elsewhere.
I am a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Although originally from Northern Ireland, I now live in Scotland.
My website is http://www.tomcollinsscribbler.com
Favourite Word: 'inception'