Gillian Allnutt won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award in 2005. Her collections Nantucket and the Angel and Lintel were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Lintel was a Poetry Book Society Choice. How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), draws on six published books plus new work. She has also published Berthing: A Poetry Workbook (NEC/Virago, 1991), and was co-editor of The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988) and formerly poetry editor of City Limits. She lives in County Durham.