Jo Shapcott (writer)
Jo Shapcott was born in London in 1953. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and is the current President of The Poetry Society. Her Book: Poems 1988-1998 (2000), consists of a selection of poetry from her three earlier collections: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, Phrase Book (1992), and My Life Asleep (1998), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection). Her latest book of poems is Of Mutability, published in 2010 and shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year).
Paul Farley (writer)
Paul Farley was born in Liverpool, England in 1965. His first collection of poetry, The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (1998), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second collection, The Ice Age (2002), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and won the Whitbread Poetry Award. Further collections are Tramp in Flames (2006), Field Recordings: BBC Poems 1998-2008 (2009) and The Atlantic Tunnel: Selected Poems (2010) and He has a forthcoming book of non-fiction, Edgelands: Journeys into England's Last Wilderness (2011), written with Michael Symmons Roberts.