Jill Dawson is an award-winning poet and the editor of several anthologies, including The Virago Book of Love Letters. She has published several novels including Tricks of the Light and Magpie. She was the British Council Fellow at Amherst College in 1997 and was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of East Anglia. She is the founder and director of Gold Dust Writers, where she supports other writers. She lives with her family in Cambridgeshire, near London.