Tom Collins

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Tom Collins




Writer and academic

About me

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.

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6 days ago
Beyond Christmas: mindfulness and creative writing - 26

As the Christmas madness has finally kicked off, here's something restful approaching in January: Writing and Mindfulness.... now breathe (and maybe write a little)!

Mindfulness is a buzz word we’ve been hearing a lot lately. What does that mean as creative writers? Can we take a mindful approach to what and how we write? Why might this matter? In late ... See more

2 weeks ago
From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over

"Business bullshit can and should be challenged. This is a task each of us can take up by refusing to use empty management-speak."
An interesting insight into the history and corrosive nature of the ... See more

The long read: Vacuous management-speak is easily laughed off – but is there a real cost to talking rubbish?

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Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
26 Venice Street, Mornington, Australia by Aimee Chalmers
Spotted near Lavigny, Switzerland. Image by Linda Cracknell.