David Swann was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2003 and 2012. His book, The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press, 2010), was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2010. His short stories and poems have been widely published and won many awards, including five successes at the Bridport Prize. His debut short story collection, The Last Days of Johnny North, was published by Elastic Press in 2006. He teaches at the University of Chichester.