Kit Fan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK at the age of 21. In 2017 and 2018 he was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize for 'Duty Free' and 'City of Culture'. He was shortlisted for the TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2017. His first book of poems Paper Scissors Stone won the inaugural HKU International Poetry Prize in 2011 and his translation of Classical Chinese poetry won one of the Times Stephen Spender Prizes in 2006. He studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before completing a PhD on Thom Gunn at the University of York. His second book of poems As Slow As Possible was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018. He lives and works in York.