Judy Brown was born in Cheshire and has lived in Northumbria, Cumbria and Hong Kong. She studied English Literature at Cambridge and Newcastle upon Tyne and now lives between London and Derbyshire. She won the 2010 Manchester Poetry Prize and the 2009 Poetry London Competition, and received the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Poetry Prize in 2005. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Basil Bunting Poetry Award, and has placed in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and others. Her poems have appeared in the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade (2010) and The Forward Book of Poetry 2006. She is also the author of a prize-winning pamphlet, Pillars of Salt (Templar Poetry, 2006). Her debut full collection, Loudness, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2011.