Tom Vaughan is not the real name of a British diplomat who has served in Africa and the US, and who is currently stationed in the Middle East. His career has included experience of conflict zones such as Afghanistan and the Balkans. So whatever he says in his poem ‘Abroad’ is probably not meant to be the end of the story.

He worked as a journalist before graduating from Exeter University and completing post-graduate studies at Oxford. His novel No Second Prize, based on his experience in post-colonial Zimbabwe, was published by André Deutsch in 1993. One of his poems, ‘Proposal’, was included in the BBC series/anthology Essential Poems (to Fall in Love with).

The poet is married, with two sons.


Tom Vaughan: A Sampler, HappenStance, 2010


Tom's website