Andrew Duncan was born in 1956 and brought up in the Midlands. He worked as a labourer (in England and Germany) after leaving school, and subsequently as a project planner with a telecoms manufacturer (1978-87), and as a programmer for the Stock Exchange (1988-91). He subsequently worked for many years in the Civil Service and is based in Nottingham. He has been publishing poetry since his Cambridge days in the late '70s, including Threads of Iron, Skeleton Looking at Chinese Pictures, Anxiety Before Entering a Room, The Imaginary in Geometry, Savage Survivals and Radio Vortex (the last a selected poems translated in to German). He is one of the editors of Angel Exhaust and has translated a lot of modern German poetry. He has published a good deal of literary criticism in recent years, above all The Failure of Conservatism in Modern British Poetry; Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry, A Poetry Boom 1990-2010, The Long 1950s, and others also published by Shearsman Books.