Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. Her 2017 collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. Her sixth Carcanet collection, The Air Year, was published this spring.

This interview was conducted by Penny Hughes as part of Poet in the City's Emily Dickinson: Success is Counted Sweetest event at King's Place on 3 October 2020, as part of Poet in the City's Fail Better 2020 programme.