Simon Barraclough studied English at Nottingham University and has an MA in Critical Theory from Sussex University. He has taught for the Poetry School, Morley College and City Lit, London. His debut collection, Los Alamos Mon Amour (Salt, 2008) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Other publications include a pamphlet of commissioned poems, Bonjour Tetris (Penned in the Margins, 2010), his second full collection Neptune Blue (Salt, 2011) and, most recently, Sunspots (Penned in the Margins, 2015). He has devised live, multimedia events incorporating his other passions of film and music. These include Psycho Poetica and The Debris Field (with Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe), the texts of which have been published by Sidekick Books. In 2014 he was poet-in-residence at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and edited an anthology of poems by scientists, Laboratorio (Sidekick Books, 2015). A live show based on Sunspots will be touring the UK from October 2015.