Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has won several awards for his poetry, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Nerve (2004). His work has been shortlisted several times for the T S Eliot, Forward and Costa Prizes. Pluto (Picador, 2013), his latest collection, was shortlisted for the Forward. His acclaimed critical guide, On Poetry (2012), is taught at schools and universities in the UK and the USA. His plays include The Lifeblood (‘Best Play’, British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Fringe 2004) and Liberty (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2008). The opera The Firework Maker’s Daughter, for which he wrote the libretto, was nominated for Best New Opera at the Olivier Awards. He was a judge for The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014.