Liz Berry was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2011. Born in the Black Country, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009 and her pamphlet, The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010. Her collection Black Country (Chatto) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2014. She was a visiting writer at Kingston University and a 2011/12 Arvon/Jerwood Mentee. Her new pamphlet is The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018). The title poem is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.