Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of St Andrews before teaching English in schools in Edinburgh, London, Madrid and Dumfries where he now lives with his wife and two children. He has taken up Writer's Bursaries to travel to South America and Africa and spent 1992-3 as Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow based at the University of Alberta. In 1999 he went part time to concentrate on his writing. Tom was Scotland's first Virtual Writer in Residence and first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2001. Tom has written poetry, a travel book, radio plays a substantial amount of Journalism. He has written two picture books and his first novel for younger readers, Scabbit Isle, was published in Corgi in 2003.