poet and critic, born in London, brought up in Hull and educated at Cambridge. His volumes include The Indoor Park (1983), The Frighteners (1987), HMS Glasshouse (1991), Ghost Train (1995), and Downriver (2001). His poetry, colloquial yet at times formal, and characteristically driven by a strong rhythmic energy and beat, evokes contemporary (particularly northern) urban landscapes and popular culture, reinforced by strong literary and painterly allusions: the overall effect is of a slightly surreal, displaced, offbeat portrait of a late 20th‐cent. Britain uncertainly on the move. Recent volumes include Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976–2001 (2002) and Inferno: A Verse Version of Dante's Inferno (2006).