Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Toby Martinez de las Rivas was born in 1978. He grew up in Somerset, southwestern England, then moved to the Northeast of England, studying history and archaeology at Durham University, where he began writing. He first worked as an archaeologist; and this, together with the landscape of Northumberland and the work of Northeastern writers such as Barry MacSweeney and Gillian Allnutt, had a significant impact on the development of his own poetry. He won an Eric Gregory award in 2005, the Andrew Waterhouse award from New Writing North in 2008, and the Newcastle Australia Residency Award in 2013. His pamphlet was published by Faber as part of the Faber New Poets scheme; and his debut collection, Terror, was published in 2014. His second collection, Black Sun, will appear with Faber in February 2018.


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Black Sun: An Interview with Toby Martinez de las Rivas


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