Greta Stoddart was born in Henley-on-Thames, and grew up in Oxford and Belgium. She studied drama at Manchester University then trained as an actor in Paris, touring for five years with the theatre company she co-founded, Brouhaha, before settling in London to write, and now lives in Devon. Her first collection, At Home in the Dark, was published by Anvil in 2001 to considerable praise, winning the 2002 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, with several reviewers recognizing its careful balancing of paradoxes – her ‘mix of dramatic poise and control […] cool enough to warm the heart’ (TLS), and her ‘lucidly detached perspective’ maintained ‘without compromising the emotional complexity of her subjects’ (Metre). Her second collection, Salvation Jane, appeared in 2008, and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. A third book, Alive Alive O, is due from Bloodaxe in 2015. She is currently a tutor for the Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation.