Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in 1982 in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Her first two collections were published by Penned in the Margins, A Body Made of You (2011) and Beautiful Girls (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet. Her third book Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and features ‘i am very precious’, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2016. Her fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and won a Northern Writers Award in 2016. She lives in London.