Philip Gross was born in 1952 in Delabole, Cornwall, UK. A poet who has also written thought- provoking fiction for young people, children’s operas and radio plays, he is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Since winning first prize in the UK’s National Poetry Competition in 1982 he has published twenty collections, for adults and for children. The Water Table (Bloodaxe) was winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2009, and I Spy Pinhole Eye, his collaboration with photographer Simon Denison, won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010. He has worked extensively with musicians and visual artists — most recently on A Fold in the River (Seren, 2015) with artist-letterer Valerie Coffin Price. He lives with his wife Zélie in Penarth in South Wales.