David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia in 1934 and became a full-time writer in 1978. He has published poetry, novels, short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. His recent publications include Ransom, a novel inspired by a part of Homer’s Iliad, and Earth Hour, a poetry collection. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2011 and received the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2016. His most recent volume of poetry is An Open Book.