Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Sheffield. She read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Her first collection, Public Dream, was published by Picador in 2007 and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Times, the Guardian and Edinburgh Review. She works as a freelance creative writing teacher for arts and educational organisations, including the Arvon Foundation, and reviews new poetry for the Guardian.