Matt Turpin runs The Beestonian magazine and website and is a member of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature team. He is the author of a number of short stories and two plays.

His chosen poem is ‘An August Midnight’ by Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928) and was written in 1899. Matt studied this poem for A’ level and loved it. “It stuck with me…it deals with great themes” he says, and he highlights the conversation between one writer at work on a warm night at the end of the C19th (the window open, insects flying in) and the C21st reader.