Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle in 1975. He is the author of four acclaimed books of poems: The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006), The Havocs (2012), which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Jackself (2016), all published by Picador. Jackself was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize 2016. He teaches at Newcastle University and lives with his family in Newcastle.