Dom Moraes was born in Bombay in 1938, of Indian Roman Catholic and Goan extraction. He travelled the world with his father, a celebrated writer, after his mother was institutionalised when he was seven. He studied at Oxford, and his first collection of poetry, A Beginning (1957) received the Hawthornden Prize. He has continued to write while living in London and then India, as a poet and freelance. He is the author of a memorable autobiography My Father's Son.