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Kit Tompkins.


Hi, I'm Kit! I grew up in a small town in the West Midlands surrounded by sheep and fields and rolling hills. I did my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire in yet another small town before moving to the bright city lights of Norwich in 2021 to pursue a Master's in Gender Studies at UEA, for which I am currently completing my dissertation. In my time at Gloucestershire I was Events Officer for the LGBT Society, President of the Creative Writing Society and I proofread for the University's arts and culture zine. I wrote profusely, mainly lesbian poetry and contemporary realist prose, and was published three years running in the university anthology. In the final year of my BA I wrote a hybrid prose/poetry dissertation around the subject of food and queer desire. In my first semester at UEA I helped create a radio show called The Queer Sex Ed Show on UEA Livewire, and I am currently working on setting up my own podcast around a similar subject which should (hopefully) be released in the coming weeks. TLDR: i'm just a really gay writer.

Your ultimate desert island disc track: that one song you would take with you to a desert island, if you could only choose one.

Okay, so many of my friends know that I have a bizarrely popular spotify playlist named after the song Silk Chiffon by MUNA and Phoebe Bridgers, and I don't mean to betray my niche internet microcelebrity persona, but right now it would have to be Anything But Me, also by MUNA, for it's combo of cutting emotional lyrics and danceable energy.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

I've been told I remind people of Maisie Williams, I don't see the physical resemblance but I do think we share some mannerisms so I think she'd crush it.

Have you ever heard a song that feels like it HAD to be written about you? What was it and why?

A bit peak but I have to say i've related to the lyrics of Liability by Lorde a few too many times

What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!)

The book I'm currently reading! Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (aka Japanese Breakfast) is an incredible food memoir about her mother's illness and death. It has made me laugh out loud at some parts but it's definitely made me cry more! A definite must-read though.

What’s a poem you can recite on demand?

Strawberries by Edwin Morgan, The Orange by Wendy Cope, Having a Coke With You by Frank O'Hara. What can I say i'm a sucker for queer food poetry!

Kit Tompkins.
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