Thomas Sutcliffe

Tom Sutcliffe Tom Sutcliffe: A Titanic struggle to avoid cliché

I hadn't heard of Titanoraks before last week... but I suspect more of us belong to this grouping than actually know it. Titanoraks are Titanic obsessives. James Cameron is one and Julian Fellowes is, too. He cheerfully confessed as much in an interview about his forthcoming television series about the sinking, which was where I first came across the term. And it was while discussing Fellowes's series on the radio last week that the poet Paul Farley alerted me to an important and perhaps slightly neglected area of Titanorak studies, which is the poetry of that disaster.