Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. Through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication, the scheme offers four poets a year the time, guidance and encouragement they require to help in the development of their work in the longer term. Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland in 1983 and lives in north London. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway where he is currently teaching and working on a PhD on 'perfect speech' in the poems of Ian Hamilton. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and is a poetry editor at Ambit.