As a child, video games were an escape for Stephen Sexton. As a poet, he has successfully married the two worlds in a collection covering grief and memory, and unusually – Super Mario. He chats to the Penguin team about his debut which is this year's winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast. His poems have appeared in Granta, POETRY, and Best British Poetry 2015. His pamphlet, Oils, was the Poetry Book Society's Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition, the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2018.