Paul Farley was born in Liverpool and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. His first collection, The Boy from the Chemist is here to see you (Picador, 1998) won a Forward Prize and the Somerset Maughan Award; it was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize.
The following year he was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. From 2000 to 2002 he was writer-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. His latest collection, The Ice Age, was a Poetry Book Society Choice for the summer of 2002, and won the Whitbread Prize for poetry this year. It was also shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize.