Agent : Euan Thorneycroft
Eleanor Thom was born in London in 1979 to parents from the North East of Scotland. She studied linguistics at University College London, and Creative Writing in Glasgow, and has previously lived and worked in London, Paris and Turin. Eleanor now lives in Ayr with her husband and son, and she is a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland.
A chapter of Eleanor’s debut novel, The Tin-Kin (Duckworth, 2009), won the New Writing Ventures Award in 2006, and the book won the Saltire First Novel award in 2009. The novel is based on photos, artifacts and memories of the author’s Scottish Traveller family.
Eleanor is working on a second novel, which she began in France in 2008, when awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. She has recently had work commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Eleanor’s earlier research in linguistics, The Gaelic Gasp and it’s North Atlantic Cousins, was the first of its kind conducted in Britain. It can be downloaded from a link on her website.