John Fuller was born in January 1937 in Ashford, Kent. His father was the poet Roy Fuller, who died in 1991. John Fuller was educated at New College, Oxford, and won the Newdigate Prize in 1960. He became a Fellow and tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1966 and became Fellow Emeritus in 2002. His poetry collections included Epistles to Several Persons, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1974, The Illusionists, winner of the Southern Arts Literature Prize, Stones and Fires, which won the Forward Poetry Prize. His novels include Flying to Nowhere, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, The Worm and the Star and A Skin Diary. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.