Simon Rae is a British poet, broadcaster, biographer and playwright. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1999 with his poem, ‘Believed’, and has also been awarded an Eric Gregory Award and a Southern Arts Literature Bursary and held Royal Literary Fund fellowships at Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities. Rae presented Radio 4’s Poetry Please for five years and wrote a regular topical poem for the Saturday Guardian for ten years. His most recent book of poems was Gift Horses (Enitharmon, 2006). He has written a biography of the cricketer W.G. Grace: W.G. Grace: A Life (Faber, 1998).