Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His poetry collections are To a Fault (2005), On Purpose (2007) and Go Giants (2013). He has been awarded the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives in London. Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His poetry collections include Nil Nil, God's Gift to Women, Landing Light, Rain and 40 Sonnets. He has also published translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009.