Matt Kirkham was born in Luton. He now lives and works in rural Co. Down. The Lost Museums (Lagan Press) won the 2006 Rupert and Eithne Strong Prize for best first collection in Ireland. His poetry has been anthologised, most recently in The New North (Wake Forest University Press, 2008) and Landing Places (Dedalus, 2010). His Templar iOTA Shot Award pamphlet is Aged Fourteen My Grandfather Runs Away to Sea. His long anticipated second collection is The Dumbo Octopus.