Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in 1982 in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Her first two collections were published by Penned in the Margins. Beautiful Girls (2013) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet and in 2016 she was awarded a New Writing North Award for Fiction. Her poem, ‘i am very precious’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and her most recent book, Sunshine, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize and the Ted Hughes Award, winning the 2017 Somerset Maugham Award.