Paul Farley was born in Liverpool, England, in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. His first poetry collection, The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You (Picador, 1998), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and a Somerset Maugham Award. He has authored four other poetry collections: The Dark Film (Picador, 2012), The Atlantic Tunnel: Selected Poems (Faber and Faber, 2010), Tramp in Flames (Picador, 2006), and The Ice Age (Picador, 2002), winner of the 2002 Whitbread Poetry Prize.
Farley is the recipient of the Geoffrey Dearmer Memorial Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. He currently teaches creative writing at Lancaster University and lives in North Lancashire, England.