Nick Laird was born in Country Tyrone in 1975. He is a poet, novelist and critic whose work has appeared in journals such as the London Review of Books, the TLS, The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He has published two collections of poetry, To A Fault and On Purpose, and two novels Utterly Monkey and Glover’s Mistake, and is the recipent of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award, the Irish Chair of Poetry Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Betty Trask Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize. He teaches at Barnard College, New York. A new collection, Go Giants, will be published next year.