British novelist, short‐story writer, non‐fiction author, poet, and film‐maker, born in Cardiff, educated in Dublin. An influential poet, with collections including Lud Heat (1975) and Suicide Bridge (1979), he published his first novel, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings, in 1987. Its subject matter, the ‘psychogeography’ of east London, resurfaces frequently in his work. Downriver (1991) examines the changing face of London as seen from its evolving rail and waterways. Subsequent novels include Radon Daughters (1994), White Goods (2002), and Dining on Stones (2005); and Slow Chocolate Autopsy (1997), a collection of short stories and graphic tales (with artist Dave McKean). Lights Out for the Territory (1997), ostensibly a book of London walks, also explores Hawksmoor churches, the secret state, and the films of Patrick Keiller.