Chip Tolson

Chip Tolson

Encouraged to write at school Chip Tolson went on to study architecture before national service in Germany and thirty years in the shipowning industry in England, the Far East and Scotland. In the 1990s Chip took on a hill smallholding on Exmoor running Jacob sheep, chickens and planting trees. The change in work style was the opportunity to develop writing skills gaining a Creative Writing degree at Middlesex University in 2001. Chip was long listed in the Fish 250 word story competition 2005, long listed in the Yeovil Genre Story competition 2005 and short-listed for the Octagon Theatre Stage Play Prize 2006 and won the international Yeovil Short story Competition in 2013. Chip published THE BATTLE OF SLOTTERHAM HALL, AD 1929 on Amazon Kindle in February 2015.In this fable of war the Pheasants resolve to challenge the Shoot. Chip’s novel REQUIEM FOR PRIVATE HUGHES is in final edit and will be published in summer 2015. It is the tale of Archie Middlebrook, a young national serviceman, overwhelmed by the trauma of a terrorist ambush in the Malayan Emergency. Only years later, in his sixties, after he saves the life of a young woman in a crashed car can he confront the spectres from his past and succeed in his early promise as a painter honouring his friend Geraint Hughes killed in the Malayan ambush in a series of pictures.


Chip Tolson in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1960 In the UK West Country

What do you love about Short Stories?

Short stories are the essence of good writing and must take the reader on an adventure at a singlr sitting.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, plays and screenplays

What distracts you from writing?

Everyday happenings

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

The Natural World

What is your favourite book?

The Shipping News

Who are your favourite writers?

Annie Proux, Thomas Hardy and Alice Munroe

Where is your dream location?

The Hebrides

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Many Politicians

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Keep reading... and write every day

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