Born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and living in Brighton, Roy McFarlane is a Poet, Playwright and former Youth and Community Worker. He is currently a Poetry Book Society collections selector and the National Canal Laureate. The former Birmingham Poet Laureate and Starbucks Poet in Residence co-edited Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Smokestack). His three collections are published by Nine Arches Press: Beginning With Your Last Breath and The Healing Next Time (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize). Roy's greatly anticipated third collection Living by Troubled Waters is out now.