JOHN BURNSIDE was born in 1955. He is a poet, novelist, journalist and former software engineer. He is the author of Burning Elvis, Glister and A Summer of Drowning. His memoir A Lie About My Father won many awards including the Saltaire Prize for Scottish Book of the Year. His poetry includes The Asylum Dance, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and Feast Days, winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His collection Black Cat Bone won both the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize. He writes a nature column for The New Statesman.