Nathan Filer is a writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His stand-up poetry has been a regular fixture at festivals and spoken-word events across the UK, including Latitude, Port Eliot and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. It has been broadcast on BBC 3 and BBC radio 4, 7 and 5 Live. His 2005 comedy short film Oedipus won the BBC Best New Filmaker Award and numerous other prizes, including Berlin’s Zebra Poetry Film Award and the Audience Choice Award at Toronto’s World of Comedy Film Festival. His novel The Shock of the Fall is shortlisted for a Costa First Novel Award and a Specsavers National Book Award. It is to be published in twelve other countries, including Israel from where he was once deported for reasons of national security. He lives in Bristol with his partner and their baby daughter.