Tony Roberts was born in Doncaster in 1949. He was educated at Didsbury College and then, on a Drapers' Scholarship, at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. A teacher of English, he lives in Manchester with his wife and two children. His work first appeared in the introductions volume Peterloo Preview 1 (1988). A solo collection, Flowers of the Hudson Bay, was published in 1991. His poems have appeared extensively in magazines.