Sean O’Brien is a poet, playwright, critic and novelist. His poetry collection, The Drowned Book (Picador, 2007) won both the Forward and T. S. Eliot prizes. His other work includes the book of essays The Deregulated Muse (1998), the verse plays The Birds (2002) and Keepers of the Flame (2003) and a verse translation of Dante’s Inferno (2006). In 2008 his collection of short stories, The Silence Room, was published, followed in 2009 by his novel Afterlife. His most recent collection of poems, The Beautiful Librarians (Picador 2015), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. His Collected Poems appeared in 2012. His second novel, Once Again Assembled Here, will be published by Picador in July 2016, and his second collection of short stories, Quartier Perdu, will be published by Comma. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.