Kaddy Benyon was born in Cambridge in 1973 and studied Literature, Life & Thought at Liverpool John Moores University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University. She worked as a freelance television scriptwriter and novelist prior to having children. Her poems have appeared in Mslexia, Ambit, London Magazine, Popshot, the Frogmore Papers and Stand. She was shortlisted for both the 2010 Fish Poetry Prize and the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize. In 2011 she won the Crawshaw Poetry Prize.