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Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield, Sussex in 1959. Failing everything at school except art, he learnt to fly instead, though discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. Belatedly educated at Leeds, then Cambridge, his PhD topic was paradoxically ’Oxford Poetry of the 1940s’. There followed BBC Commissions between 1999 and 2003. His debut – two bi-lingual volumes in Germany following tours, in 1996 and ’97 – preceded his British debut collection, About Bloody Time, published by Waterloo Press in 2007, followed in 2011 by Wrong Evenings. Perdika launched his Pessoa at the Portuguese embassy in 2010 (his Propertius translations will follow), and Agenda Editions scheduled his volume on composers at Glyndebourne, for 2014. He received a South East Arts Bursary in 1999, Royal Literary Fund grants in 2003, 2006 and 2012. He has been Director of Survivors’ Poetry since 2003 and, from 2008-10, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, at the Universities of East London and Chichester.