Lorraine Mariner was born in 1974, grew up in Upminster and attended Huddersfield University where she read English, and University College London where she read Library and Information Studies. She works at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre. Her pamphlet ‘Bye For Now’ was published by The Rialto in 2005. In 2005 she also received an Arts Council Writer’s Award and in 2007 her poem ‘Thursday’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. Her collection Furniture was published by Picador in 2009 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize.