Matt Barnard is a poet and short story writer. He has had poems published in a range of magazines, including Acumen, London Magazine, Magma, Other Poetry and Outposts. He was featured in the Poetry School’s 2004 anthology Entering the Tapestry and in 2006 won The Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize with his poem ‘The Sore Thumb’. In 2014 he was included in short story anthology Momaya Annual Review, and in 2015, he won the Ink Tears short story competition with ‘The Last Damn Peach’. In the same year, his poem ‘Eel‘ was highly commended in the Bridport Prize. He was born in 1972 in London, where he still lives with his wife and their two sons and two dogs and works as a social researcher for the Anna Freud Centre.