Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on The London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since when he has earned his living as a journalist and travel writer. Billy’s Rain won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1999. His Collected Poems was published by Faber in 2002. Recent collections include Dear Room (2006), shortlisted for the 2006 Costa Poetry Award, West End Final (2009), shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009, and I Knew the Bride (2013), shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2014. He is a regular contributor to the ‘Freelance’ column in The Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2004.