Bill Greenwell was born in Sunderland in 1952, and worked in Devon for 36 years before returning to the North-East, where he was the Open University in the North's Staff Tutor for the Arts until retiring in 2015. He has run Poetry Clinic, an online poetry workshop, for the last decade. He was New Statesman's weekly satirical poet from 1994 to 2002, and his website (www.theweeklypoem.com) continues this tradition. His first collection, Impossible Objects, was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection prize in 2006. His second collection, Ringers, followed in 2011. He has been a winner or runner-up in a number of national poetry competitions, including the Troubadour, the Kent & Sussex (four times!), the Yeovil, The Plough, the Devon, the Wigtown, and the Virginia Warbey; and in 2017 he won the Magma Editors Prize. He has also won over a thousand competitions for parodies and light verse in The Spectator and New Statesman and other magazines. In 2004 he won the £5000 Mail on Sunday poetry prize.