poet, born in West Yorkshire. His first collection, Zoom! (1989), drew on his work as a probation officer and on the rhythms of the Yorkshire vernacular, as well as on R. Lowell and Frank O'Hara. Its immediacy, wit, and originality brought him huge critical acclaim, as did Kid (1992) and Xanadu (1992), his ‘poem film’ for television. A Book of Matches (1993) introduced an element of introspection, which was developed in the wintry Dead Sea Poems (1995) and came to dominate in CloudCuckooLand (1997), where the stars are viewed as a paradigm of his emotions. Recent collections include Selected Poems (2001), The Universal Home Doctor (2002), and Tyrannosaurus Verses the Corduroy Kid (2006). His novels include Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004).