Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone in 1975. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard, he worked for many years in London and Warsaw as a litigator. He has won many awards for his fiction and poetry including the Betty Trask prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, the Rooney Prize and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize. He is the author of three novels Modern Gods, Glover’s Mistake and Utterly Monkey and four collections of poetry, Feel Free, Go Giants, On Purpose and To a Fault. The New Yorker said of his poetry collection, Go Giants, that it ‘celebrates the jagged coexistence of the glorious and the mundane, the classical and the contemporary, the whimsical and the deadly serious’, and ‘the range of these scrupulous poems suggests there is little in form or content that Laird cannot master.’ He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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