Born in Bootle, Lancashire, Elaine Feinstein has written fifteen novels, nineteen collections of poetry, as well as several biographies and radio plays. Her biography Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet (2001) was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Prize. Her Collected Poems and Translations (2002) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Appointed to the Council of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007, she has served as a judge for the Gregory Awards, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize, and has been chairman of the judges for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Read an interview with Elaine Feinstein here