Poet and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. David won the Forward Prize for Legion and the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Night. Fire Songs, the most recent of his eleven volumes of poetry, won the T.S. Eliot Prize in January. He has collaborated with composers – most often with Harrison Birtwistle – on operas and song cycles which have been performed at venues including the Royal Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Writing under a pseudonym, he has published ten thrillers.