Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis poetry collection, Mandeville (Faber, 2008), inspired by the medieval travel-writer Sir John Mandeville, received outstanding reviews in The Observer and The Guardian and his previous collection, Whereabouts was also highly reviewed, whilst Dragons (Faber, 2001) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and The Welsh Book of the Year Award and Blizzard (Faber, 1996) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and winner of the Southern Arts Prize. He is also the author of a critical studies and a novel WHOM (Bloomsbury, 1989), and is editor of W. S. Graham’s New Collected Poems (Faber, 2004). He was recently included in The Forward Prize Anthology 2014 and his collection of short stories, Singing a Man to Death, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Matthew teaches Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.