Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1963. He has published six collections of poetry and received a number of accolades including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, two works of non-fiction with Paul Farley and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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