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Lawrence Sail was born in London in 1942 and brought up in Exeter. He studied French and German at Oxford University, then taught for some years in Kenya, before returning to teach in the UK. He is now a freelance writer. He has published nine poetry collections, including Eye Baby (2006); The World Returning (2002), Building into Air (1995), and Out of Land: New and Selected Poems (1992), and has edited a number of anthologies, including The New Exeter Book of Riddles (1999) with Kevin Crossley-Holland, and First and Always: Poems for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (1988). He also edited South-West Review from 1980 to 1985. Lawrence Sail works in schools and colleges, and has also written a radio play, as well as short features for radio. He has presented the BBC Radio 3 programme 'Poetry Now' and 'Time for Verse' (BBC Radio 4). He was chairman of the Arvon Foundation from 1990 to 1994, has directed the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, was the UK jury member for the European Literature Prize (1994-96) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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