Michael Donaghy was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1954. He moved to London in 1985, where he worked as a teacher and traditional Irish musician. His collections include Shibboleth (Oxford University Press, 1988), winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Errata (OUP, 1993). These books were published together as Dances Learned Last Night (Picador, 2000). His collection, Conjure (Picador, 2000), a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot and Whitbread Prizes, and won the Forward Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2009. Other projects included ‘Wallflowers’, a lecture on poetry published by the Poetry Society and a film, Habit, in collaboration with the director Miranda Pennel and the actress Fiona Shaw. A much loved and influential poet, musician, critic and editor, he died in 2004.