On the 22nd of June 1987, Scots poet and author, Tam Craven’s life changed forever. Whilst working as a bricklayer on the Lennox Kincaid Mausoleum in Campsie Glen, he suffered a near fatal accident. Tam fell twenty two feet from a scaffold, fracturing his skull and right knee, breaking his ribs and puncturing a lung – apart from that and in his own words”…he was alright!…”.
Within a few years his life began to take another direction and today he is working on his 25th collection of poems and short stories. Deeply inspired by the writings of Robert Burns, Tam’s work takes a contemporary look at life in Scotland – often as it happens and always straight from the heart! Most of all Tam enjoys making people laugh! Not content with writing and publishing, Tam relishes taking his work direct to the public, whether at fairs, spoken word events or bookshops. Tam has been interviewed and recited a selection of his work live on radio in Scotland, Spain and in Victoria BC. Tam is the poet in residence at the world famous Loch Lomond Shores and recent live appearances in Scotland have included the ‘Aye write’ festival in Glasgow, the ‘Whiskey an’ a’ that’ festival in Ayr and the Celtic Music Station, Glasgow.
Through his work and performances,Tam regularly supports charitable organisations in Scotland.