Michael Tolkien’s verse has been published in many magazines and several collections. He was selected by the poets Geoffrey Holloway and Patricia Pogson as a runner-up in the Redbeck Press small collection competition in 1997, and his 33 poems appeared in a pamphlet: Learning Not To Touch. In 1998 he took part in a New Voices reading tour organised by East Midlands Arts. A further pamphlet, Reaching For A Stranger, was published by Shoestring Press in 1999. There followed three full collections from Redbeck: Outstripping Gravity (2000), Exposures (2003),Taking Cover (2005). In 2006 he read in various venues with Arts Council funded project group, Inky Fish. Poetry Salzburg has recently published a fourth collection: No Time for Roses (2009)
He has also written a 2000 line verse fantasy, WISH, for younger readers, illustrated by his wife, the artist Rosemary Tolkien. It is published by AuthorHouse (2010) and available there or through Amazon and Waterstones. An audio version of this, recorded by Gerald Dickens, is available as a download from Spoken Word Network.
His work has been reviewed favourably and in detail in several magazines, and his own reviews have appeared in a variety of outlets over the years, including Acumen,Agenda and Ambit.