Giles Watson was born in the UK but emigrated to Australia at the age of one and lived there for 25 years. He is an author and painter, writing essays on nature, folklore and medieval visual culture. His most recent publication is Saints, Birds and Devils (Lulu, 2023) which pairs poems about the relationships between medieval people and birds with illustrations inspired by the bestiaries. He returned to England in early adulthood, living in Durham, the Isles of Scilly and rural Oxfordshire, before returning to live in Western Australia in 2013. Much of his poetry is redolent of the landscapes of these places.