Frank Kuppner was born in Glasgow in 1951. This is his eleventh Carcanet collection. The first, A Bad Day for the Sung Dynasty, was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Book award in 1984. Second Best Moments in Chinese History received the same award in 1997. A novelist as well as a poet, he received the McVitie's Prize for his fiction in 1995. He has been Writer in Residence at the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow.
'Kuppner has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British poetry.' - London Review of Books