Deryn Rees-Jones was born in Liverpool with family links to North Wales, where she later studied. The Memory Tray (Seren, 1995) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her other works are Signs Round a Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), and a critical book, Consorting with Angels (Bloodaxe, 2005), was published alongside her accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005). In 2004 she was named as one of Mslexia’s top ten women poets of the decade, and in 2010 she won a Cholmondeley Award. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool.