Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone in 1975, and is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. A poet, novelist, screenwriter, critic and former lawyer, his awards include the Betty Trask Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. For many years he taught at American universities including Columbia, Princeton and NYU. His last collection, Feel Free, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot and the Derek Walcott prizes. His poem, Up Late, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2022, and a new collection is forthcoming in June 2023.