Iain S. Thomas has dozens of local and international awards for his creativity and is one of the world’s most popular writers and poets, with millions of readers across the globe. His prose and poetry appears on monuments and in university collections, has been quoted by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Arianna Huffington, and has been read in front of the British Royal Family.
He is an international number-one bestselling creator and author of numerous books and creative projects, and has worked with some of the world’s biggest companies and institutions to bring their ideas to life, with numerous accolades for his work as a creative director.
He regularly travels the world to work, attend literary festivals and conferences but when he isn’t, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his family.
“[Some readers] want you to be the South African version of someone who already exists, the South African Lee Child, the South African Margaret Atwood, the South African Jonathan Franzen. I made a decision a while back that I would rather be the world’s Iain Thomas.”
– Iain S. Thomas, Publishers Weekly
— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) February 1, 2017
.@shawncaminah I did read that!!!!! it’s so good. you should read “I wrote this for you” by pleasefindthis , it made me cry too
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) November 27, 2016
“The poem is a way to look for peace and reassurance that even though our time here as humans is limited, that we are part of something so much more significant than ourselves.”
“When there is need, they are there. Tom and Rita, a dynamic duo that in our world of superheroes, just know this — their superpower is to be human which brings to mind a quote from the poet Iain Thomas…”
“The world will keep coming at you with its incessant demands, beeps, blinking lights, and alerts. “Every day,” Iain Thomas wrote, “the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And This! And This!’ And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, ‘No. This is what’s important.’” It’s from this sacred place that life is transformed from struggle to grace, from information to wisdom.”
“Rupi Kaur (whose “Milk and Honey” is No. 1), Neil Hilborn, (whose “Our Numbered Day” is No. 3), and Iain Thomas a.k.a. pleasefindthis (whose “I Wrote This For You” is No. 5) have all found their way from the virtual pages of Instagram to the kinds of book sales most poets can only deconstruct dreams about — thanks to follower counts that feel more like the province of pop stars.”
“I was in New York in Central Park reading [“I Wrote This For You” by Iain S. Thomas] when I get a call. I don’t answer and then my team tells me that Ava is going to call me. I’m like “[Shoot], I missed Ava’s call.” I call her back and she’s like “I have this opportunity … would you be interested?” I’m like, “Yes. Where? When?” Then she tells me it’s for Jay-Z and Beyonce.”
“I fell in love with language before I fell in love with any specific poets. I recognized that there was a way to phrase words that made them more powerful. I loved movie taglines because they were a kind of poetry, they told this entire story in the space of a sentence or two. The whole of the movie Alien is summed up as “In space, no one can you hear you scream.” I know that doesn’t sound very poetic or perhaps it’s not a very poetic answer, but it was through being exposed to that kind of pop-culture that I discovered my love of language.”