Tristan John S

Writer, Filmmaker, Musician

Brief Biography of Tristan Stone MA (cantab)

Born in East Kent, the eldest of non-identical twins in 1985, I soon fell in love with the written word and first had the ambition of becoming a writer at the age of five. Soon after this, I began learning the piano and violin and, aged 8, won a scholarship to study under the concert pianist, Ronald Smith.
In 1995, I became a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, London. After seven wonderful years of study, I decided to leave in order to concentrate on my academic studies. Having completed my A Levels at Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, I went up to Homerton College, Cambridge, to read Theology and Religious Studies in 2003. It was there that I really began to explore my passion for literature again and started to develop an idea of Imaginal Theology – that is, that, in order to speak meaningfully of the divine (or even the moral) we must use our Imagination. Thus the creative arts are particularly suited to the work of theology. I experimented with poetry, wrote two (bad) novels and penned a prequel to Hamlet in verse whilst taking my degree.
After Cambridge, I returned to Broadstairs and trained as an RE teacher at The Hereson School. I currently work at the amalgamated Ellington and Hereson School, teaching Religious Studies and Music.
In 2008, I formed Inkling Media with fellow collegiate Warren Drew, and Samuel Pearce came on board soon after. In 2010, I co-wrote the screenplay for and directed a feature film adaptation of the book Blitzed by Robert Swindells, in
collaboration with Newlands Primary School. Inkling Media works closely with Blues Band Nine Below Zero, and produces their music videos. We are currently working on the second instalment of their Sights & Sounds series.
Over the last few years I have been writing further plays, poetry and prose and have recently completed the first in a series of Young Adult novels, The Lesser Evil.

In addition to my writing and teaching endeavours, I am a church organist and pianist/violinist. If you wish to find out more about my role as a musician or wish to hire me to play, please follow the links.