James Brookes was born in 1986 and grew up in rural Sussex, a few minutes’ walk from Shelley’s boyhood home of Field Place. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2009 and his pamphlet The English Sweats was published by Pighog Press in the same year. In 2011 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. His first full collection, Sins of the Leopard, was published by Salt in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the English Association’s Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. He is married to the poet and critic Charlotte Newman and works as a schoolmaster at Haileybury in Hertfordshire, teaching English. A new collection is forthcoming from Offord Road Books in 2018.