The judge, P.J.Kavanagh, has published poems, novels and essays over many years. He described his earlier life in his 1966 prizewinning memoir The Perfect Stranger. (His father was a BBC scriptwriter, he went to a monastery school and was in a battle in Korea while doing national service in the army). He has been an actor and broadcaster, journalist and columnist (for The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement). He edited the Gloucestershire poet Ivor Gurney and several anthologies (notably Voices in Ireland and A Book of Consolations). He lives in Gloucestershire, and directed three Cheltenham Literature Festivals during the 1970s. His New Selected Poems is due to appear from Carcanet in May 2014. It includes a poem called ‘Edward Thomas in Heaven’. He also wrote introductions to Edward Thomas’s prose work.