Personal profile


Thomas D. Lee is a novelist and PhD student interested in how contemporary perceptions of masculinity and nationalism can be interrogated through historical and fantasy fiction, especially through the lens of queer theory. His research focuses on the Arthurian mythos and contemporary Arthurian retellings. His debut novel, The Tree of Time, explores similar themes.


Thomas Lee has several years of experience as a high-school teaching assistant. In April 2021 he led a creative writing workshop for the general public as part of the 'Invisible Worlds' project at Alderley Edge, in collaboration with the National Trust and the Universty of Birmingham.

Prizes and awards

In 2019 Thomas Lee was awarded the PFD Prize for Literature for an excerpt from his debut novel, The Matter of Britain, as part of the final dissertation project of his MA in Creative Writing.

Activities and esteem

In 2016-17 Thomas Lee volunteered as a City Year UK mentor in a high school in central Manchester, and was selected to participate in the Next Generation UK research project, coordinated by Demos and the British Council. He also spoke at the 2017 Labour Party conference on a panel discussing the future of volunteering in the UK charity sector.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Creative Writing, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 201730 Jun 2019

Award Date: 15 Dec 2019

Areas of expertise

  • PR English literature
  • King Arthur
  • Queer Theory
  • Masculinity
  • Nationalism