Alan Gillis was born in Belfast. He is Lecturer in English at Edinburgh University, and editor of Edinburgh Review. His third poetry collection, Here Comes the Night, was published by The Gallery Press in 2010. His second, Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is currently working on The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. Alan Gillis was one of the 20 poets selected to represent the Next Generation of UK poets in 2014.