Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. After working for many years as a schoolteacher in London, she is now a freelance writer and tutor living in Wymondham, Norfolk. Her first collection The Country at My Shoulder (Oxford University Press, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Whitbread poetry prizes and she was amongst The Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1994. Her later collections, published by Bloodaxe Books, include Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013). Both were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Moniza received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. In 2015 she co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Esther Morgan, and she was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016.