Nicholas Murray is a freelance author based in the Welsh Marches and London. Born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool University where he read English he is the author of six collections of poems, two novels, and several literary biographies including lives of Franz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Bruce Chatwin, Andrew Marvell and Matthew Arnold and group biographies of Victorian travellers and the poets of the First World War. He has also written books about Liverpool and about Bloomsbury His biography of Matthew Arnold was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997 and his biography of Aldous Huxley was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Prize in 2003. His biography of Franz Kafka has been translated into nine languages. In 1996 he was inaugural Gladys Krieble Delmas Fellow at the British Library Centre for the Book and he is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. He has lectured at literary festivals and universities in Britain, Europe and the United States and teaches seminars on good writing at King’s College, London. He is a tutor in biography, travel-writing and creative non-fiction at the City Literary Institute in London. He was the winner of the 2015 Basil Bunting Prize for poetry. He runs a small award-winning poetry imprint, Rack Press. His book about borders will be published in 2016.