Patrick Brandon was born in London in 1965. He studied painting at Norwich School of Art, and exhibits regularly, most recently at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. A recipient of a New Writing Ventures bursary in 2006, he won the Essex Poetry Prize in 2005, and received commendations in the Wigtown Poetry Prize 2005, and in the National Poetry Competition 2007. A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) is his first book of poems. He lives in Bristol with his partner and two young children.