Tony Howson was born in Slough, 1956, and spent his formative years in Yorkshire and Teesside. He has worked widely as a journalist in both print and radio, and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from Uzhgorod University, Ukraine. His poetry has been widely anthologised, and his prose has appeared in The Guardian. He presently works for BBC Media Action, living a uniquely international existence between Kyiv, Scarborough and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His first book, a collection of poetry and travel writing, The Crow Road from Eden, was published by Valley Press in May 2012.