Born in Sheffield in 1961, Elizabeth Barrett has a first degree and PhD in History and Politics from the University of London and was a scholarship student at the University of Massachusetts in the 1980s. She later trained as an English teacher, subsequently working in education research and as a university lecturer. She has received several awards for her poetry including an Arts Council of England Writer's Award in 2000. She has worked as a writer-in-residence in schools, a prison and on local radio, and as a creative writing tutor and poetry editor. A Dart of Green and Blue is her fourth book. She has two children and lives in Sheffield where she is Principal Lecturer in Education at Hallam University.