Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry. He has won the National Poetry Competition twice, the Forward Prize for Best Poem and been shortlisted three times for the T.S. Eliot Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has received Arts Council and Cholmondeley Awards, and held fellowships with Northern Arts, the Royal Literary Fund, Leeds and Lancaster Universities and Trinity College Dublin.