In the late 1960s, Tom Scott studied Veterinary Science at university, which he hated. He graduated with a degree in physiology and briefly taught biology before ending up writing and illustrating a weekly satirical column on politics in New Zealand’s largest circulation magazine, The Listener. He has been columnist of the year twice and cartoonist of the year six times. In 2007, he was one of 17 editorial cartoonists from around the world invited to a ‘Cartoonists for Peace’ conference in Rome sponsored by the UN and the Italian Government. Two of his cartoons are part of the permanent collection at the Caen Peace Museum. He also writes for stage, television and screen. Writing highlights include animated feature film Footrot Flats which won a NZ Film & Television Award for best script, film Separation City, telefeature Rage, telefeature The Kick, six part drama series Hillary and best selling memoir Drawn Out.