Toby Martinez De Las Rivas

United Kingdom

Toby Martinez De Las Rivas

(Great Britain), born in 1978, grew up in Somerset then moved to North-East England to study history and archaeology at Durham. He first worked as an archaeologist and this, together with the landscape of Northumberland and the works of North-East writers such as Barry MacSweeney and Gillian Allnutt, had a significant impact on the development of his own poetry. He won the Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North in 2008. His Faber New Poets pamphlet was published in 2009. He currently lives in Gateshead where he teaches English to asylum seekers and refugees.