Gavin Bantock, born in England in 1939, wrote his long poem Christ (1965) while at New College, Oxford. It won the Richard Hillary Award for 1964 and the Poetry Society’s Award in 1966. Since 1969, when he received an Eric Gregory Award, he has lived in Japan, where he taught English and drama at Reitaku University. He was awarded third prize in the 1998 Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition. His books include A New Thing Breathing (1969), Anhaga (Anglo-Saxon translations, 1972) , Eirenikon (1972), Dragons (1979), Just Think of It (2002) and SeaManShip (2003).