Alice Oswald read Classics at Oxford before training as a gardener. She published her first collection, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, in 1996. It won the Forward Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize in 1997. Her second collection, Dart, won the TS Eliot Prize in 2002. Memorial, her poetic reworking of Homer’s The Iliad was received with unanimous critical acclaim in 2011. She lives in Devon.