Philip Salom lives in Melbourne and has published three novels and 14 books of poetry. Waiting, his most recent novel, was shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His novel Toccata and Rain was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction, and his first novel Playback won the WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction. Better known as a poet, Philip’s other awards include twice winning the Commonwealth Poetry Book Prize in London, including the Best Overall Book for Sky Poems, the Western Australia Premier’s Prize (twice) and the prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize (in 1996 and again in 2000). His books have won Best Books in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Adelaide Review and The Canberra Times. He has been recognised with the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award for “poetry of sustained quality and distinction”.