Peter Reading (1946-2011) was born in Liverpool. After studying painting at Liverpool College of Art, he worked as a schoolteacher in Liverpool (1967-68) and at Liverpool College of Art, where he taught art history (1968-70). He then worked for 22 years as a weighbridge operator at an animal feed mill in Shropshire. He lived for 40 years in various parts of Shropshire, in recent years in Ludlow. He is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004. Other honours included the Cholmondeley Award, the Dylan Thomas Award for Diplopic (1983), and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry for Stet (1986). Work in Regress was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 1997. Editions of his collected poems are published by Bloodaxe: Poems 1970-1984 (1995), Poems 1985-1996 (1996) and Poems 1997-2003 (2003). He subsequently produced two later collections, -273.15 (2005) and Vendage Tardive (2010).