Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs and in his family’s roofing business in his twenties. Carcanet published his debut collection Bevel in 2012, and his second, Dirt, in 2016 both attracted rave reviews. He has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary. He has taken part in translation projects through Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, and travelled to India with the Commonwealth Poets. In 2014 a chapbook of his poetry, Potom Koa Toho Druhého, was published by Vertigo in Slovakian. His work has appeared on radio and television, and he has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at many other events and venues throughout the world.