Fran Lock is a sometime itinerant dog whisperer and author of three poetry collections, Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011) The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014), and Dogtooth (Out Spoken Press, 2017). Her work has most recently appeared in The Mechanics’ Institute Review, POETRY, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, and in Best British Poetry 2015. She is the winner of the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, the 2015 Out Spoken Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Yeats Poetry Prize. She won third prize and was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2014 and 2015 respectively. She was recently highly commended by the Forward Prize and appears in the Forward Prize Anthology 2017. She is currently undertaking a practice based Ph.D at Birkbeck in contemporary poetry.