Ross Cogan studied philosophy, gaining a PhD from Bristol University and, in 1999, received a Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. He has published two collections, Stalin’s Desk (2005) and The Book I Never Wrote (2012) with Oversteps Books and his verse play Achyncourt was performed at several literary festivals and broadcast on radio in December 2015. Ross now works as a freelance writer/editor, as well as being Creative Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and an Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He has won first place in The Exeter Prize, The Staple Open Poetry Competition, The Frogmore Poetry Prize, The Crabbe Memorial Prize, and The Cannon Poets Sonnet Competition and second prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Competition. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, including PN Review, Poetry London, The Rialto, New Welsh Review, Stand, Acumen, Agenda, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, The Swansea Review, The Interpreter’s House, Orbis, Oxford Poetry and Smiths Knoll. Ross takes a keen interest in environmental matters and is semi-self-sufficient, growing most of his own vegetables, raising goats, ducks and chickens, and brewing his own mead.