Mervyn Peake(1911-1968) was born in China and moved to England in 1923. He attended the Royal Academy Schools in the 1930s. During World War II he served with the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers. During this period he began writing Titus Groan, the first of the 'Gormenghast' novels. Four collections of poems were published during his lifetime. In 2008 Carcanet published a landmark edition of Peake's Collected Poems. Peter Winnington has published an acclaimed Peake biography and edits the periodical Peake Studies. R.W. Maslen is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He edited Peake's Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2008).