Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad- born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer. In 2004, he was chosen by Decibel and the Arts Council of England as one of 50 writers who have influenced the Black-British writing canon over the past 50 years. He is the author of four poetry collections; Desafinado (1994), Teragaton (1998), Bird Head Son (2009) and Rubber Orchestras (2011) and a novel The African Origins of UFOs which was published in 2006. Joseph lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College and recently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths College with a focus on Caribbean life writing. He performs internationally and is the lead vocalist for his band The Spasm Band with which he has released three critically acclaimed albums. In 2012 Joseph represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Poetry Parnassus Festival on London’s South Bank. He lives in London.