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Zeus Ithome

Tim Taylor is an author based in Yorkshire, UK.  He writes literary, historical and speculative fiction (as T. E. Taylor), academic non-fiction (see the Philosophy section of this website) and poetry. 


Click on the 'BOOKS' button above to find out about Tim's novels, Revolution Day and Zeus of Ithome, on 'POETRY' to see some of his poems or on 'PHILOSOPHY' for info on his academic work.  Each book also has its own page, where you can read excerpts and reviews. 


Scroll down for latest news, and visit the 'Featured Excerpt' page (under HOME) for a taster of Tim's writing. 


Some other sites you might like to visit:



Tim's Blog


Facebook Author Page


Twitter Home Page






27 January 2024.  Looking forward to my first poetry event of the year. 6.30-8.30 on 7 February in Lindley Library, with fellow poet Anne Steward. There will be an open mic and refreshments.

10 December 2023.  For the festive season, I've decided to reduce the price of my two poetry collections, LifeTimes and Sea Without a Shore (normally £7 and £6). Until the end of January they will be £5 each or £8 for both (plus £2.25 P&P per book in the UK). Email me on if you'd like any copies.

The same deal also applies to my novels Zeus of Ithome and Revolution Day - £5 each or £8 for both (plus P&P). Or you can have all four for £15!


15 December 2022.  As Christmas approaches, I’ve decided to do a special offer on my latest poetry collection, LifeTimes, which will be available for £5 (normal price £7) between now and the end of December.You can find a selection of poems from LifeTimes (and others) on the POETRY page of this site


My other collection, Sea Without a Shore, and my two novels, Zeus of Ithome and Revolution Day are all also available for £5 each. Or you can by any two for £9, any three for £13, or all four for £17 – plus £2.25 per book postage and packing, if you’d like to receive them by post. If you’d like any books, e-mail me on

31 August 2022.  Looking forward to two big poetry events next month: on Thursday 8 Sept, at 7pm, I'm one of five poets performing at Small Seeds in Huddersfield. Then on Friday 16th, at 7pm, I'm on the bill for Sarah Dixon's Quiet Compere event at Marsden Mechanics. 

4 April 2022. The launch event for my new poetry collection, LifeTimes, will be in Marsden Library at 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 April. I'm also at the Stag Cafe, Canterbury at 7pm on 21 April and Attic Stories, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, at 7.30pm. 


4 March 2022.  Looking forward to doing a poetry event - jointly with Anne Steward and travel writer Anne Rothwell - at Honley Library, 7pm Wednesday 9 March. 

27 February 2022.  I now have a cover and a publication date (26 March) for my forthcoming second poetry collection LifeTimes. You can read more here: Exciting Times! | Tim's Blog (

21 October 2021.  My poem, The Bell, has won a small competition on Poetry Nook. It was also recently published, along with two others of mine, in the anthology Extreme Formal Poems, published by Rhizome Press.

7 October 2021.  Lovely to return to Holmfirth Library today for a joint poetry event with Anne Steward. 

19 September 2021.  It was great to be involved in two events at this year's Holmfirth Arts Festival: writing poems to order for the public at the 'Story Shed' yesterday, and today participating in the launch of Escape, the new anthology from Holmfirth Writers Group.

22 July 2021.  My poem "An Ordinary Day - 1348" features in the current issue of Up! magazine, published today. 

7 July 2021. "The Choosing" - a story from my ongoing sci-fi project - has been accepted for a forthcoming anthology, The Light, to be published by Twisted Fate Publishing. Watch this space!

15 June 2021.  I'm delighted to have four poems in the anthology Beyond the Walls, just published by Poetry-ID. 

13 Apr 2021. My poem 'Still Waters?' is featured in the current issue of Writing Magazine and expertly analysed by Alison Chisholm. You can also read it on my blog here.

22 Mar 2021. Delighted to have been part of #HavePoemsWillTravel, an online event hosted by Rose Condo and featuring an amazing international line up of poets.

26 Feb 2021. I have two poems in Survival, the latest anthology from Hammond House. 


4 Jan 2021.  I'm pleased to have four Poems in Extreme Sonnets,

a new anthology from Rhizome Press.

22 December 2020.  I am delighted that my poem "Remembrance Day" came second in the Hammond House International Poetry Competition. "West Shore" was also highly commended.

10 October 2020.  I have two stories in Darkness, a new anthology of speculative fiction. One of these, "Delving", is the first outing in print for my slow-burning sci-fi project.

9 January 2020.  Two reading events to note: 23 January at Meltham Book Club, Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road Meltham, 10am (with Anne Steward); 31 Jan at Denby Dale Library, 7.30 pm.

10 October 2019.  On Tuesday 15 October (7-9pm) in Honley Library I will be reading from Sea Without a Shore alongside Alan Prout, whose collection, Then Become, is also recently published. With guest poet Anne Broadbent, refreshments and an open mic.

31 May 2019.  Two dates for your diary.  Details to be confirmed, but the launch of my poetry collection, Sea Without a Shore, is scheduled for Tuesday 2 July, 7pm, in Holmfirth Library.  I will also be reading some of the poems at Small Seeds in Huddersfield at 7pm on Sunday 16 June, as part of the Word Weavers Cabaret.

2 April 2019. I am delighted to announce that my first poetry pamphlet will be published by Maytree Press in the summer.


18 March 2019.  My short story, Nuisance Calls, is available to read on

2 November 2018. I have a poem, Half-life, in the latest issue of The Lake.  Read it here


28 September 2018.  Revolution Day is reduced to 99p or equivalent for a limited period only.


5 September 2018.  Further to the 17 July post below, my story, Space Rage, won the NAWG competition!  You can read it here

31 August 2018.  I have two poems - Folly and Beautiful people - in the September issue of Pulsar Poetry Webzine.

17 July 2018.  I was delighted to learn today that I have been shortlisted in two categories (formal poetry and sci-fi/fantasy short story) in the 2018 National Association of Writers Groups competitions.


6 July 2018. I have a chapter - "The Proper Role for Well-being in Public Policy" in a collection just published by Palgrave Macmillan: The Politics of Well-being, edited by Ian Bache and Karen Scott.

31 March 2018: Revolution Day is available for 99p/c till Sunday 1 April in the Crooked Cat Easter sale.


7 February 2018.  Check out my new Poetry page, which hosts a selection of previously published poems.


27 December 2017.  It's Crooked Cat Sale time again!  Pick up Revolution Day for 99p/c between now and 29 December.  

17 October 2017:  A date for your diary - On 29 Oct I'll be reading from and discussing Revolution Day at the Gallery, Britannia Road, Slaithwaite HD7 5HE, 2-4 pm. Two other authors - Christina Longden and Angela Wren - will also be reading their work.  Coffee and cakes available.  Should be great!  


8 August 2017:  It's the Crooked Cat Summer Sale!  Revolution Day is available for 99p/c until the end of the month!


14 April 2017.  You can pick up e-books of Revolution Day and Zeus of Ithome for 99p or equivalent until Monday in the Crooked Cat Easter Sale!


28 March 2017.  A date for your diary!  The launch event for the paperback edition of Revolution Day will be on Monday 24 April at 7.30 in Holmfirth Library. I'll be discussing and reading from the book, and signing copies. There will be refreshments, including wine!  Hope to see you there! 


31 January 2017.  I am delighted to announce that my second novel, Revolution Day, hitherto published only as an e-book, is now available to buy in paperback!  It's priced at £6.99 in the UK, $9.99 in the US and €9.46 in the Eurozone.


28 December.  For just three days, until the end of Friday 30 December, both Revolution Day and Zeus of Ithome are available for 99p/99c in the Crooked Cat Christmas sale (as are lots of other Crooked Cat books)!


22 December.  My review of Paul Anand's Happiness Explained has been published in the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics.


24 November: The latest Featured excerpt, from Revolution Day, illustrates the hazards of being a dictator.  


21 September:  There's another Crooked Cat sale on! Just for three days, until Friday, you can pick up Zeus of Ithome, Revolution Day or any other Crooked Cat e-book for 99p/99c.

There's a new Featured Excerpt too, from Zeus:  Diocles consults the oracle at Delphi. 


7 July: The Crooked Cat Summer Sale runs from today till 10 July!  You can pick up lots of e-books, including both of mine, for 99p/99c. 


The latest Featured Excerpt is from Zeus of Ithome - Diocles and Aristomenes haggle with a boatman en route to Delphi.


27 June: In honour of its approaching first anniversary, Revolution Day is on special offer at 99p/99c from today. Zeus of Ithome is also available at the same price. 


24 May:  A date for your diaries:  at 7.30 on Wednesday 29 June I'll be reading from both my novels at Marsden Library, Marsden Mechanics Hall Peel Street Marsden HD7 6BW.  Hope to see you there. 


31 March:  The latest Featured Extract (under the HOME tab) is from Revolution Day, one of Crooked Cat's featured books this week (and available for 99p/99c).  A prisoner appears to have information about a threat to Carlos's regime ...


25 Feb:  A date for your diary.  In the Company of Poets, an anthology by Holme Valley Poets (including several of mine) is going to be launched on 5 March at 1pm in Huddersfield Library.  Free entry and refreshments!  Read more on the 'Featured Excerpt' page.


22 Jan:  Zeus of Ithome is featured in the Crooked Cat historical fiction week - and is reduced to 99p/99c for one week only!


1 Jan:  I'm the Kirklees writer-in-residence this month.  Watch out for my blog posts on the Read Kirklees web page. 


1 Dec:  Revolution Day is on special offer for Christmas at 99p/$0.99!


27 Nov: The latest featured excerpt is from Zeus of Ithome. Diocles and Aristomenes climb Mount Ithome to seek guidance from their god. 


18 Nov: Today I have relaunched my blog (hitherto a page on this website) as a separate site on wordpress.  Check it out here.


9 Nov: The latest Featured Excerpt is from Revolution Day. Carlos discovers the down side of using the internet to get his message across.   


27 Oct: On my blog today, Collateral Damage, another in my occasional series of short pieces written at writers group.


23 Oct:  This week, the Featured Excerpt is a passage from Zeus of Ithome that gives us an insight into the lives of helot slaves.


16 Oct:  In today's Featured Excerpt (see Menu, under HOME) Juanita, estranged wife of dictator Carlos Almanzor, recalls the early days of the revolutionary movement and her seduction of Carlos.


9 Oct:  There's a new page on my website!  Under HOME, there is now a sub-page called 'Featured Excerpt', where each week I will post a different passage from one of my books. Today it's the opening passage of Zeus of Ithome.


8 Oct:  It's National Poetry Day today, so I've posted a poem on my blog - a villanelle called No Goodbye.


1 Oct:  On my blog today, another in my series of short pieces written at writers' groups. This one imagines how some people might respond to the impact of a comet.


24 Sept:  A guest post from Emma Rose Millar today, talking about the branks or scolds bridle, and sharing excerpts from her novel Five Guns Blazing.


11 Sept:  Suzi Stembridge visits my blog today to discuss her books, including the Greek Letters series.


4 Sept:  Kathryn Gauci discusses her novel, The Embroiderer, on my blog today.


31 Aug:  Starting today, I will be occasionally sharing on my blog little pieces I've written at writers' groups.  Today a humorous little story about a funeral. 


21 Aug:  My blog has a visit from historical novelist Tony Riches today.  Tony's new novel Owen, is about the life of Owen Tudor, progenitor of the famous royal dynasty.


14 Aug:  It's Nancy Jardine's turn to visit me today, to talk about her novel Take Me Now. 


13  Aug:  Visits to Cathie Dunn and Kathryn Gauci today on my mini blog tour for the Crooked Cat sale.


12 Aug:  My blog has had a visitation from Iamo, an ex-priest from the strange world of Ailsa Abraham's novels Alchemy and Shaman's Drum ...


... And my character Juanita from Revolution Day is visiting Nancy Jardine's blog.


11 Aug:  Lovely article about the release of Revolution Day in today's Huddersfield Examiner. 


10 Aug: I visit Tony Riches' today on the latest stop of my my mini blog tour.


9 Aug: I'm on Maggie Secara's blog today.


8 Aug:  I visit Sue Barnard today on the first leg of a mini blog tour for the Crooked Cat Summer Sale - my books are reduced to 99p/$1.54. 


4 Aug:  On my blog today, a little poem I was reminded of by our disappointing summer.


29 July: I'm at the 'Bingergread Cottage' with fellow Crooked Cat Author Ailsa Abraham, answering questions about my books and lots of other things.  


27 July:  Today I visit Mark Patton's blog, to talk about how Revolution Day is informed by history.


24 July:  I'm on Catriona King's website today, talking about Revolution Day and sharing another extract from the novel.


13 July: Jeff Gardiner is visiting my blog today to talk about his novel, Treading On Dreams.


3 July:  My article, 'The Markers of Wellbeing' has just been published in the International Journal of Wellbeing -

read it here


30 June:  Revolution Day is published today.  Why not join me at the Facebook launch party?


29 June:  On my blog today, another excerpt from Revolution Day to whet your appetite in advance of the launch tomorrow!


12 June:  Sue Barnard joins me on my blog today to talk about her new novel, The Unkindest Cut of All.


1 June:  There's a second extract from Revolution Day on my blog today - a first hand account of (part of) the revolution itself!


21 May:  Nancy Jardine borrows my blog today to talk about her new novel, The Taexali Game, launched tomorrow.


11 May:  On my blog today, an extract from Revolution Day - now scheduled for publication on 30 June 2015.


7 May:  I was thrilled to discover today that Zeus of Ithome is a finalist in the Chaucer Awards for historical fiction!


26 April: My paper 'The Markers of Wellbeing' has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Wellbeing.


14 April:  I've been tagged by Christina Longden to say a bit about myself in the 'My Lovely Blog' series - see my blog today.


27 March:  Nancy Jardine visits my blog to talk about her two new novels: Monogamy Twist, published today, and The Taexali Game, forthcoming in April.


9 March:  On my blog today, an introduction to my next novel, Revolution Day - to be published (provisionally) on 17 July.


6 March:  Another article co-written with Estelle Derclaye, "Happy IP: Replacing the law and economics justification for intellectual property rights with a well-being approach" has now been published in European Intellectual Property Review.


18 February:  Today I welcome Jeanne Bannon to my blog, to talk about her novel, Beautiful Monster.


16 February:  Just got my copies of the latest issue of Intellectual Property Quarterly, which includes my article "Happy IP: Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with Well-being", co-written with Estelle Derclaye.


2 February:  A guest post today from Seumas Gallacher, who talks about his latest thriller, Savage Payback, and his move to Crooked Cat.


24 January:  On my blog today, as my daughter Helen begins her adult life, a little poem I wrote about her a couple of years ago.


3 January 2015:  I now have my own page on the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre website at Leeds University.


31 December:  A little poem for new year's eve on my blog today, asking what the fuss is all about.


16 December:  On my blog you can find a short story - my contribution to Christmas with the Crooked Cats - a series of stories, poems and other festive pieces by Crooked Cat authors.


24 November:  On my blog today, a plea for our libraries, which are under threat as never before.


10 November:  As Zeus of Ithome passes its first birthday, a little reminder on my blog today of what it's all about.


4 November:  I have a chapter, "Towards Consensus on Well-being", in the book "Well-being in Contemporary Society", published today by Springer.


20  October:  On my blog today, a little poem about Autumn - not my favourite time of the year. 


6 October:  Anna Belfrage visits my blog today to talk about her historical novels in the Graham Saga.


15  September:  Anglo-Australian author C S Burrough joins me on my blog today to talk about his novel, Or Forever be Damned. 


9 September:  I was asked by Geoffrey Klempner of the International Society for Philosophers to edit an issue of their house journal, Philosophy Pathways.  Here is the result.  Took me some way out of my philosophical comfort zone, but that's a good thing.


25 August:  On my blog today, ten books that changed my life.


8 August:  Miriam Drori visits my blog today to talk about the places that feature in her novel, Neither Here nor There - and in particular about her home town of Jerusalem.


6 August:  I'm discussing Zeus of Ithome on Dianne Ashcroft's blog today.


28 July:  Today I welcome to my blog historical novelist and archaeologist Louise Turner, who talks about her novel, 'Fire and Sword'.


21 July:  My article "Adaptation and the Measurement of Well-being" has been published on Taylor & Francis Online and will later appear in Ethics and Social Welfare.

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21 July:  On my blog today:  The Spartans - Heroes or Villains?


7 July:  I've been tagged (again) on the Meet my main character blog - this time, my blog post focuses on Diocles, central character of Zeus of Ithome.


30 June:  Tomorrow and Wednesday I'll be playing solo guitar and reading from Zeus (and some poetry) at the Yorkshire Yurt Festival in Holme Village, as part of the Grand Depart celebrations (see Tour Fever) on my blog.


16 June:   Two news items today:


At 6pm today, in Up Country (58 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth) I will be reading some poems about the River Holme as part of the 'Flow' event, featuring sculptor John Holt, for Holmfirth Arts Festival


On my blog, a taster of my next novel, as I talk about its main character, Carlos Almanzor for the Meet My Main Character Blog Tour, having been tagged by Pamela Kelt.


3 June:   I talk about my writing process on my blog today, having been 'tagged' by poet and short story writer Alison Lock.


29 May:  On my blog today, Stephen Bailey talks about Murgatroyd's Christmas Club, his humorous tale of Yorkshire mill folk. 


19 May:  Today, horror writer Damon Rathe - a.k.a. independent publisher Martin Rothery - visits my blog to talk about Human Rights, his zombie novel with a difference, among other things.


12 May:  Fred Tidball joins me today on my blog to talk about his humorous fantasy novel, County Tales, and more.


29 April:  My blog is back today after a short Easter break - a little piece about Sunday's Holmfirth Writers Group broadcast on Two Valleys Radio.


27 April:  I will be doing a couple of reading events next week as part of the Read Kirklees Around the World in 80 Days season - at Golcar library (HD7 4QD) on Tuesday 29th and Rawthorpe Dalton Library (HD5 9QJ) on Wednesday 30th, both at 10.30-11.30.   I will discuss the background to Zeus of Ithome and give readings from the novel. 


23 April:  Crooked Cat has published a collection of short stories - Crooked Cats' Tales - today. It includes The Wanderer, a mini-prequel to my novel, Zeus of Ithome. And it's FREE from the Crooked Cat website and Smashwords (99p on Amazon)


15 April:  There is an article by Dave Himelfield about me and  Zeus of Ithome in the Huddersfield Examiner - also available here on the Examiner website


7 April:  On my blog today, a little poem that dares to hope that spring has finally arrived. 


6 April:  Last Sunday I was interviewed about Zeus of Ithome, and read an extract from the novel on Two Valleys Radio, as part of an Institute of Ideas broadcast on the theme of Journeys.  (The interview is about 1 hour into the broadcast.)


24 March:  Nancy Jardine visits my blog for the second time on the eve of the launch of her latest novel, After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks.


20 March:  Christina Longden, author of 'Mind Games and Ministers' joins me on my blog today.


17 March:  Today I welcome Joyce Worsfold to my blog, to talk about her forthcoming novel 'A Fistful of Marigolds'.


11 March:  My short series of blog posts about Zeus of Ithome concludes today with some extracts from the novel, on my own blog.


9 March:  Today's blog post, hosted by Jeff Gardiner, is about the ancient and the modern.


8 March:  For the second on my short series of blog posts, I am hosted by Alison Lock, to talk about writing fiction and writing poetry.


7 March:  I am a guest on Nancy Jardine's blog today, talking about the balance between history and fiction in historical novels.


23 February:  Jeff Gardiner joins me on my blog today, as the first stop on his blog tour to mark the release of Igboland, his new novel set in Nigeria.


13 February: Zeus of Ithome is available for 99p until Sunday as part of the Crooked Cat Valentines sale (see Buy It Now link underneath the cover art on this page).


10 February: Today on my blog, the awful weather and the flooding in Somerset reminds me of a poem I once wrote on the power of water. 


27 January: Gerry Freeman joins me on my Blog today to talk about his novel, Kill Daddy.


20 January: Continuing the historical theme, there's a piece on my Blog today about the ancient Messenians - about whom I wrote Zeus of Ithome.


18 January: I visit Catriona King's blog today to discuss the historical background to Zeus of Ithome.!tetaylor/c1j6v


13 January: Today's guest on my blog is much travelled writer Jane Bwye, author of Breath of Africa.


9 January: Fiona McVie interviews me today on her blog, about Zeus of Ithome, myself and lots of other things.


6 January: Today I welcome crime writer David Menon to my blog to talk about his novel, Sorceror.


31 December: As we approach the New Year, my blog discusses a Two Valleys Radio broadcast on the theme of renewal.


26/29 December:  Zeus of Ithome features on the blogs of  Mark Patton and Ailsa Abraham


26 December:  Check out the new video trailer for Zeus of Ithome (see button below cover pic left) - a great Christmas present from PandA Promo!


23 December:  Frances di Plino visits my Blog today to talk about her new crime novel, Call it Pretending, the latest in the successful DI Paolo Storey series.


17 December:  Check out The Writer's ABC Checklist, where Lorraine Mace interviews me today about my writing.


16 December:  Welcome Nancy Jardine, who joins me on my Blog on the launch day of her new novel, After Whorl - Bran Reborn, sharing insights into the culture and metalwork of Britain's celtic tribes in the 1st century AD.  


9 December:  Today I am joined on my Blog by Jeff Gardiner, whose novel, Myopia, has been nominated for the People's Book Prize


7 December:  For one week from today, you can buy an e-book of Zeus of Ithome for 77p from Amazon!  All other Crooked Cat books are also available at this special offer price.


2 December:   Today I welcome crime writer Catriona King to my blog to talk about her new novel, The Broken Shore.


2 December:  Check out Two Valleys Radio, who will be interviewing me about Zeus of Ithome at 6 pm today.   If you miss the broadcast it will be available later on Listen Again.


22 November:   Fellow Crooked Cat author, Ailsa Abraham joins me on my Blog page to discuss her new novel and her own interesting life. 


Also, check out Nancy Jardine's blog, on which she interviews Aristomenes from Zeus of Ithome. 


Watch this space: Ailsa Abraham will be discussing her new novel on my Blog on 22 November. 


Zeus of Ithome, a historical novel set in ancient Greece in the 4th century BC, was published by Crooked Cat Publishing on 2 November. It is available as an e-book for £1.99, and in paperbook for 6.99. 


Read more about Zeus of Ithome in the 'Books' and 'Blog' sections of this website.


My article, "Prudential Value and Well-being" was published in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly in September.  It is available to view here.






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