Tom Doig


Tom Doig is a writer, editor and PhD candidate. His email address is

Tom was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. He currently lives in Portarlington, two hours out of Melbourne.

Tom’s non-fiction has been published in The Big Issue, CrikeyNew MatildaThe Lifted Brow, Sleepers AlmanacVoiceworks magazine, The Death Mook, ACF’s Habitat magazine and a range of badly photocopied zines. 

His plays include Survival of the Prettiest (2004), The Badness Hour (2006), Hitlerhoff (2008), One-Arm and Three-Arms in the Swamp (2009) and Selling Ice to the Remains of the Eskimos (2010). Tom has performed in every State and Territory in Australia.  

Tom has worked as Editor of Voiceworks magazine (2004-6), Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival (2006-7), Associate Producer of the Next Wave Festival (2009-10), and The Guy Who Answers a Phone that Never Rings, Ever for the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (2009; 2012).

Tom has an MA in Hitler Comedy from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Journalism PhD candidate at Monash University, where he is doing research for a book about the lived experience of climate change in Australia.

 In July 2010, Tom and his best mate Tama Pugsley mountain-biked 1487 kilometres across northern Mongolia from a small town called Mörön to a smaller town also called Mörön. This eventually became a book: Moron to Moron: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure, published by Allen & Unwin in 2013. Moron to Moron has been described as "a perfect balance of observation and research, seriousness and out-of-this-world absurdity" (The Big Issue) and "delightful and disgusting ... ultimately triumphant ... a truly moronic and gratifying descent into the sensual" (The Australian). Buy it, read it, live it, etc.

In March 2015, Penguin Books Australia published Tom's second book: The Coal Face, a narrative journalism account of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire, and how it affected the residents of Morwell and the Latrobe Valley.


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Watch a vintage clip of me learning how to drink water: