Neil Astley, Hon. FRSL, is the founder and editor of Bloodaxe Books. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Staying Alive trilogy.
He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1982 and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books in 1995. He is a trustee of Ledbury Poetry Festival and a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University.