David Harsent was born in 1942. He won the 2005 Forward Prize for Legion, which was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the T S Eliot Prize. He won the 2014 T S Eliot Prize with his collection Fire Songs (Faber, 2014). He has also been the recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, an Eric Gregory Award, two Arts Council bursaries and a Society of Authors Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Distinguished Writing Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.