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the extasie john gallas was born in New Zealand in 1950. He came to England in the 1970s to study Old Icelandic at Oxford and has since lived and worked in York, Liverpool, Upholland, Little Ness, Rothwell, Bursa, Leicester, Diyarbakır, Coalville and Markfield, as a bottlewasher, archaeologist and teacher. He is the editor of two books of translations – 52 Euros and The Song Atlas – and ten previous collections of his own poetry, all published by Carcanet. He is a Fellow of the English Association and was 2016 Orkney St Magnus Festival poet.

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