Mark Fiddes was born in Northamptonshire. After spells in Oxford and Washington, D.C. he now lives in Wandsworth, London, with his wife and two sons. He has worked as a speechwriter, creative director and columnist. His poems have been awarded internationally, from the Gregory O’Donoghue, Philip Larkin and Charles Causley prizes to the Wasafiri, John Clare, Frogmore Papers and Live Canon competitions. He has been anthologised by Templar, Aesthetica Magazine, Lightship, Southword, Fish Publishing and the University of London. Last year he published a top-selling children’s adventure novel The Curse of the Golden Hinde.