Philip Armstrong lives in Lyttelton and teaches literature, creative writing and human-animal studies at the University of Canterbury. He is the author of two scholarly books on Shakespeare and one on animals in literature, as well as two books for a more general audience: A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our History, Culture and Everyday Life (2013, co-authored with Annie Potts and Deidre Brown) and Sheep (2016). His poetry and short fiction have appeared in a range of journals in New Zealand and overseas. In 2011 he won the Landfall Essay Prize for ‘On Tenuous Grounds’, a piece about the Canterbury earthquakes. Sinking Lessons is his first collection of poetry: it won the Kathleen Grattan Award in 2019.