Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Welwyn Garden City, where he grew up. He studied English at Oxford and poetry at Boston University. His debut collection Tale of the Mayor’s Son (Bloodaxe Books, 1990) was a Poetry Book Society Choice. His second, Out of the Rain (Bloodaxe Books, 1992) won him the Somerset Maugham Award. His third collection, Rest for the Wicked (Bloodaxe Books, 1995), like his second, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990-1995 (Bloodaxe Books, 2000) is a selection from his first three poetry collections from Bloodaxe. He has since published several collections with Faber and Picador as well as writing for the theatre, opera and radio. His most recent titles include Pluto (Picador, 2013), One Thousands Nights and Counting: Selected Poems (Picador, 2011) and On Poetry (Oberon Masters, 2012).