Luke Kennard was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1981 and grew up in Luton.

He is a poet and writer of fiction. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.
Kennard won an Eric Gregory award in 2005 for his first collection of prose poems The Solex Brothers(2005, Stride Books). His second collection of poetry The Harbour Beyond the Movie (2007) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007 making him the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the award.

His third book, The Migraine Hotel, was published in by Salt in 2009 and a pamphlet, Planet-Shaped Horse, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2011. His latest collection, A Lost Expression, was published by Salt in 2012.

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His first fiction publication, Holophin (Penned in the Margins, 2012), won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2013.

He also writes for the stage and radio and has taken numerous productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Transition is his first novel.

‘To read Luke Kennard is to experience the gleeful rush that comes with encountering a writer who has an uncanny ability to scoop the contents of your head directly onto the page’ Shortlist