Matthew Francis is the author of four Faber collections, most recently Muscovy (2013). In 2004 he was chosen as one of the Next Generation Poets. He has edited W. S. Graham’s New Collected Poems, and published a collection of short stories and two novels, the second of which, The Book of the Needle (Cinnamon Press) came out in 2014. Faber reissued his Forward-shortlisted first collection, Blizzard (1996) in 2016 to mark its twentieth anniversary, and will publish his poetic version of The Mabinogi in 2017.