F.J. Williams was born in Liverpool in 1951 and studied English at Durham, with postgraduate work at Manchester and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He was Director of the Bridge Arts Centre, Widnes, and held a NATE teaching fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He also lectured in English at University College Chester. He has won prizes in national competitions for his poetry and been broadcast on radio and television. His collections include Reading Lesson in the Lifers’ Wing (Peterloo Poets, 2009), The Model Shop (Waterloo Press, 2011) and, most recently, On Lipstick Beach. He runs the Poetry Society Stanza in Staffordshire.