Nicholas Murray is a freelance author and journalist based in Wales and London. Born in Liverpool he is the author of several literary biographies including the lives of Franz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Bruce Chatwin, Mandrew Marvell and Matthew Arnold, five collections of poems, two novels, and several other works of non fiction. His biography of Matthew Arnold was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997 and his biography of Aldous Huxley was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Prize in 2003. His biography of Franz Kafka has been translated into nine languages. He is a regualr contributor of poems, essays and reveiws to a wide range of newspapers and literary magazines. His most recent poetry collection is The Secret of the Seas (Melos, Spetember 2015) and Bloomsbury and the Poets (Rack Editions) was published in 2014. He was the winner of the 2015 Basil Bunting Prize for poetry. He runs a small poetry imprint, Rack Press, which in 2014 won the Michael Marks Award for Publisher fo the Year; and writes the Bibliophilicblogger literary blog. His new book, Crossings: a Journey Through Borders will be published by Seren in June 2016.