Mr Tumnal

Everyone has an idea of their ideal family. Not everyone’s become real

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About me

Derbyshire born. Suffolk bred. Lives in the shires.

T E Shepherd is an author/illustrator. He writes magic realism set in our, or closely-related, worlds. His debut novel, The End Of All Worlds, was released in 2012. His second novel, and the first in the Imaginary Friends trilogy, Mr Tumnal, was published in 2014. The second in the series, The Imaginary Wife, was published in 2018, and he's currently working on the final instalment, Forgotten Friends. He is also a landscape artist, and is currently working on a project with Erica Smith aka. the Bookshop Blogger to illustrate his way round the country to produce The Booklover's Guide to Bookshops. You can find out about upcoming releases by following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, or by joining the mailing list.

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  The Imaginary Wife

The Imaginary Wife

How would you feel if you discovered you were the imaginary creation of your best friend?

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When I wrote #MrTumnal I made a conscious decision to set it in Wren Hoe (a carefully chosen anagram) but to all intents and a purposes a well-known university town on the edge of the Cotswolds. Now I’m wondering, should I revise it to be full on Oxford. If an Oxford with a twist?

When I wrote #MrTumnal I made a conscious decision to set it in Wren Hoe (a carefully chosen anagram) but to all intents and a purposes a well-known university town on the edge of the Cotswolds. Now I’m wondering, should…

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After the wind and the rain, it was a day of clear skies, cold air, and flat calm. Went for a walk down my the Thames aka. Isis which was inseparable from Port Meadow beyond… #winter #WinterWalks #PortMeadow #Oxford #OxfordOnSea

After the wind and the rain, it was a day of clear skies, cold air, and flat calm. Went for a walk down my the Thames aka. Isis which was inseparable from Port Meadow beyond… #winter #WinterWalks #PortMeadow #Oxford #OxfordOnSea

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#Repost @brookespoetry • • • • • • As part of the @thinkhumanfest here at @oxfordbrookes next month, there are six terrific (and terrifically free) #poetry events! Here’s a list so you know what they are and can attend them all! Don’t forget to register asap as spaces are limited – and please do share! On Sun 2 Feb, join very famous actor Toby Jones & almost-as-famous John Clare supremo Prof Simon Kövesi for an evening of poetry and music celebrating Clare’s life and work! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-clare-an-anniversary-celebration-with-toby-jones-tickets-75734657399 On Mon 3 Feb, Dr Dan O’Gorman has organized a magnificent panel of speakers, including Momtaza Mehri, to discuss ‘Stories of Hatred: how writers fight Islamophobia’: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stories-of-hatred-how-writers-fight-islamophobia-tickets-81243831487 On Tue 4 Feb, experience poet Jay Bernard’s stirring augmented reality installation that explores how we can be haunted by our histories and our everyday lives: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unbody-get-haunted-in-augmented-reality-tickets-80832081933 Also on 4 Feb, join the Poetry Centre, poets Susie Campbell, Jo Young, psychologist Dr Rita Phillips, & war expert Dr Jane Potter as we showcase extraordinary work from our military veterans’ poetry workshops! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-poet-as-a-soldier-and-veteran-what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-soldier-tickets-81245811409 Then on Thu 6 Feb, join us for ‘Constitutions and poetry’ – a multilingual poetry reading & discussion about how poets & writers respond to law, nationalism & cultural identity. With Niall O’Gallagher, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis, Stacey Astill, Prof Peter Edge & Dr Catriona Mackie: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/constitutions-and-poetry-how-writers-relate-to-authority-tickets-81225606977 And finally on Mon 10 Feb, our fab colleague Dr @maryjeanchan hosts ‘Intersectional Identities: exploring race and culture through poetry’, with the fantastic line up of Anthony Anaxagorou, Will Harris & Nisha Ramayya: https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/intersectional-identities-exploring-race-and-culture-through-poetry/ And did we mention that all these events are free! Come

#Repost @brookespoetry • • • • • • As part of the @thinkhumanfest here at @oxfordbrookes next month, there are six terrific (and terrifically free) #poetry events! Here’s a list so you know what they are and can attend them all! Don’t forget to…

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