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Tom Tuohy

March 2001: I am thirty-seven years old and was born in Limerick, Ireland. I'm currently teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand, and have been for the last three years. Before that I had briefs stints in Africa, England and Japan. Why do I write? This is a question that has perplexed me for a long time. I guess the only answer that I can come up with is that it is a form of therapy for me, a form of catharsis, though quite different from Aristotle's notion of catharsis. I think I'm someone who is constantly stressed, so along with playing my guitar, writing helps to relieve me of the stresses and strains of everyday life. I might also add that it's my intention to return to England within the next year in order to do an MA in Writing at Sheffield University.

Quite often I will just sit down at my desk and write exactly what comes into my head. I'm also someone who has several different projects going on at the same time. I find this helps a lot as I need some emotional distance from what I'm writing, thus allowing me to come back at a later date and cast a more critical eye over what was written earlier. At the moment there are two plays on the go: one set in Thailand in the late 1970's, and the other set in London in the early 1980's. Both of these plays are attempt s to discuss the themes of education, culture, and the way language often causes confusion rather than shed light on ideas and communication in general.

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