Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in south Wales. In 2021, he made headlines by winning the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition. He was the first poet of colour to win since 1981. His debut poetry collection, Road Trip (Peepal Tree Press, 2020), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. It was also shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award, 2021. The Guardian described Road Trip as an ‘invigorating journey through the complexities of black British family life.’ while The Telegraph selected it as one of the Books of the Year for 2020.