Tom Lee is the author of a novel, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, published by Granta, and Greenfly, a collection of stories. His writing has appeared in the Sunday TimesEsquire and Prospect in the UK, the Dublin Review in Ireland and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All Story in the United States, among others. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He has also been awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Brookleaze Grant and two Arts Council grants for his fiction. He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing at Goldsmiths College.

Further reading

Read: ‘The Swimmer’ in Granta

Review: The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, The Guardian, November 2017

Follow on Twitter: @TomLeeStories

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Resource: ‘Memory and Invention’ by Mavis Gallant in Granta

Writing Prompt: Begin with memories of your own father. Think back to what he was like when you were little. How he behaved, what he liked to do on a Sunday afternoon, that sort of thing. Then, using those memories describe him as he is now, or how he changed later in life. Write freely.