Michael Ayres was born in Chilwell, Nottingham on November 3 1958, and lived in Dorset, Leicestershire and Cleveland. He gained a degree in English from the University of Hull in 1982, and has lived in Cambridge since 1986. He is the author of Poems 1987–1992 (Odyssey Poets, 1994), and of two pamphlets in the Poetical Histories series – no. 44, 1976 Streets (1998), and no. 51, The Sky That Was Your Guide (2000).