Polly Atkin lives in Grasmere. She has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at QMUL, Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria, and most recently at the University of Strathclyde. Her debut collection of poetry Basic Nest Architecture was published in February 2017 by Seren.

This interview was conducted on 5th December 2020 online by Melanie Roberts at William Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (which took place on Kings Place's online streaming service KPlayer) as part of Poet in the City's Fail Better season.