Tim's most recent publication is his third collection of poetry, Avanti! (2018), from Red Squirrel Press. This follows a collection of supernatural tales, 'Silence' and Other Stories (2016), from RSP's Postbox Press imprint.
Turnbull grew up in the village of Ebberston in North Yorkshire. After leaving school, he worked for the Forestry Commission for eight years before moving to Cumbria to study forestry at Newton Rigg College.
His first poetry performance was in a Slam at Chat's Palace in Homerton, East London in 1994. After the Chat's Palace Slam, he decided to concentrate on poetry and enrolled on the Writing BA at Middlesex University in 1995. In 1996 and 1998 visited America with the Farrago and Heart of Darkness Slam Teams to compete against U.S. Slammers.
While at Middlesex he became involved with Haringey Arts Council for whom he ran a series of highly successful schools’ poetry projects. He completed the M.A. in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University in 2002 and moved to Scotland.
Since then, he has produced the acclaimed stage shows Caligula on Ice (2008) and Tim Turnbull's Tales of Terror (2010), as well as a further poetry collection and several limited edition pamphlets, all available from Donut. He completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University in 2016. The thesis included an exploration of gothdom and Lovecraftian tropes.
He has worked as a freelance tutor and as a consultant specialising in adult literacy publishing for various agencies in Scotland. He has also been Writer in Residence at HMP Open Estate (2010), HMP Edinburgh (2006-2009) and HMYOI Werrington (2004-2006) and for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2006.
In the last few years, he has taken up painting and producing digital art. His first exhibition was hung in June 2018 in Dunkeld and consisted of Perthshire landscapes all of which featured the A9, the main artery north into the Scottish Highlands.