Patience Agbabi was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents and spent her teenage years living in North Wales. She lives in Gravesend, Kent. In 2004 she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. In 2010 she was appointed Canterbury Poet Laureate. Her poem ‘The Doll’s House’ was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of The Poetry Review. Her collection Bloodshot Monochrome was published in 2008. Her most recent collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), a contemporary take on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s 2014 Ted Hughes Award.