Sam Norman was born in London in 1995. After spectacularly failing to assert himself on the child prodigy scene, he spent his early teens writing impressively pretentious poetry, mostly in heroic couplets, and the odd novella. He has won various limerick competitions, been listed in the National Theatre Young Playwriting Competition, and won the Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation in 2014. He is currently studying at Magdalen College, Oxford. This is his first book of poetry.