I’m currently studying a Creative Writing MA (Poetry) at Royal Holloway, London, part-time. I’m a member of the Covent Garden Stanza and an online group called the Limonistas, inspired by the US poet Ada Limon.

I 2020 I was lucky enough to win the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with if you’re being followed. You can read an interview here in my blog page and https://aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/shortlist-2020/

Creative Writing Award Annual 2021

I was also commended in some other competitions, most notably the Winchester Poetry Competition. I am grateful to the editors of the magazines my work appeared in this year, alongside some amazing poets. These include Finished Creatures edited by the wonderful Corrupted Poets, and Alchemy Spoon.

Between 2016 and summer 2020 a hiatus occurred in my writing, as life issues came to the fore.

My debut pamphlet INSIDE THE SMILE is published by Cinnamon Press and came out in 2017.

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What people are saying about Inside the Smile:

‘Tamsin Hopkins’ collection is a joy that I keep returning to’ (Jane McCarthy Wilkinson)

‘Tamsin Hopkins displays an incisive wit and darkly evocative imagination in this collection.’ (Melissa de Silva)

‘something gritty and ferocious is ‘inside the smile’. And that edginess and unsettling of the normal recur in many of the poems in this collection.'(Appiah Sackey)

Inside the Smile is available from the Cinnamon website:


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