Keiran Goddard (b.1984) was born and raised in Shard End, Birmingham and educated in Oxford. His debut collection was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize and he was runner-up in the William Blake Prize. He has worked as an editor and in higher education and now works in policy and advocacy within the third sector. He is the author of numerous academic articles and is a policy fellow at the CsaP, University of Cambridge. His other interests include wine, philosophy and pop music. Goddard's second full-length collection, Votive, will be published by Offord Road Books in 2019.

'Keiran Goddard’s poetry throws light on the things you’re not supposed to notice; the fear and the beauty in a lover’s handwriting, a snapped vine, an uneasy friendship. No cutting through swathes of irony or meta-hedging; Goddard does things the hard way so you don’t have to. Old codes, imminent disasters, the raw clay of change.' Luke Kennard

'Keiran Goddard is a writer who sees the visionary in the ordinary – ties on a chair are "a waterfall of wax tongues", a jacket is "two folded ravens . . . settled for the night" – and are charged with the presence, or absence, of the other – the friend, the loved one, the lost one. The voice is perfectly judged, with never a surplus word. Gillian Clarke, National Poet for Wales