After her brief career as a concert violinist, Fiona Sampson (b.1968) was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Nijmegen, receiving her PhD in the philosophy of language at the latter. She is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Irish Times, and The Liberal on the issue of health care, as well as to literary publications. She is the editor-in-chief of Britain’s hundred-year-old poetry magazine, Poetry Review. She has published fourteen books of poetry, as well as on the philosophy of language and the theory of creative writing. Some of her most recent publications include Common Prayer (2007), short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize and On Listening (2007).