John Tripp (1927-1986) was born in Bargoed, Glamorgan. He was a journalist with the BBC, Press Officer at the Indonesian Embassy and an information officer at the Central Office of Information in a varied career. Returning to Wales in the late 1960s he worked as a freelance journalist, and was for some years literary editor of Planet. Tripp was a popular performer of his work, and a leading figure in literary affairs in Wales. A short story writer as well as a poet, his books include The Province of Belief, The Inheritance File and Collected Poems (1978). A selection of his poetry has also appeared in the Penguin Modern Poets series.