Sheenagh Pugh was born in Birmingham in 1950. She is the author of ten poetry collections and two novels. She is a twice winner of both the Bridport Prize (2003 and 1997) and the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (1984 and 1988). Other accolades include the Forward Prize for best individual poem in 1997, the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2000 for her 1999 collection Stonelight, and a Cholmondeley Award for services to poetry in 1999. The Beautiful Lie (2002) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and The Movement of Bodies (2004) for the T S Eliot Prize. Her most recent work, Short Days, Long Shadows, was published in 2014.