‘81 Austerities’ is the debut collection of poetry by UEA writer Sam Riviere and is published by Faber and Faber today. Sam was born in 1981 and began writing poetry during his BA in Creative and Cultural Studies at the Norwich School of Art and Design. Subsequently he graduated with Distinction from the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, before joining UEA in 2008 to undertake a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes and Jeremy Noel-Tod. In 2005 he co-founded the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives’ and in 2009 he was awarded an Eric Gregory Award. In between times his work was published in numerous journals, including Poetry London, 3:AM, The Guardian, The Spectator, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit. In 2010 Sam was one of three UEA writers to be selected for the Faber New Poets scheme, funded by Arts Council England, alongside Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005) and Tom Warner (MA 2001). ‘81 Austerities’ was shortlisted last month for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.