Owen Sheers was born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. He was educated at King Henry VIII comprehensive, Abergavenny and New College, Oxford. The winner of an Eric Gregory Award and the 1999 Vogue Young Writer's Award, his first collection of poetry, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000) was short-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year and the Forward Prize Best 1st Collection 2001. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries (Faber 2004), a travel memoir set in Zimbabwe, was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize and won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen's 2nd collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill was published by Seren in November 2005 and Unicorns, almost his one man play based on the life and poetry of the WWII poet Keith Douglas will be produced by Old Vic, New Voices in 2006. He currently lives in London and is writing his first novel, due for publication by Faber in Spring 2007. For more information or to purchase his books go to: http://www.owensheers.com