Hello!

I’m Tom Huelin, and I’ve been writing, in one form or another, all my life.

I ‘published’ my first piece – a football magazine – aged 10. By 15 I’d started writing Rik Mayall-inspired short stories, which my English teacher, Ms Southern, took great pleasure in reading out to my stunned classmates. Stunned in the sense that they couldn’t believe the language I’d used, which to be fair was the ‘language of the guttersnipe,’ as Rik himself would describe it.

At uni my creative juices were absorbed almost exclusively by my Fender Strat, as I started a band and toured the country for three years. We were sure we were going to make it, ‘whatever that means’, as the Arctic Monkeys later qualified. We didn’t.

Instead I got a Financial Services job in London, my writing lost in a fog of financial stability and security. In 2006 I met Maria. In 2008 we married and had our first child, Liam. In 2009 Ella also arrived. ‘You wanna be creative? How’s about you learn how to change a soiled nappy.’ Living the actual dream.

The first three years of parenthood were a blur. Still are. But as focus returned to, well, our lives, I suddenly noticed the return of that creative bug. That yearning to write something. Anything.

And so I did. But not in an A4 pad as I would’ve 10 years hence. Instead I started a blog, about football and cricket mainly. This led to me writing the odd article for the Guardian, ESPNCricinfo and All Out Cricket, which in turn led to my first full-time writing gig back in 2015. Hurrah!

Friday Dress Down is a blog about life and modern parenthood, to rip off – ever so slightly – the name of the first Kings of Leon album. I plan to write about lots of things; life, family, stuff going on in the world, sport, you name it.

Thanks for reading, both this and the blogs. If you’d like to ping me a line, please use the form below.

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