Lawrence Pettener, M.A., has been reading his poetry in the UK and Europe since his teens, earning praise from Ted Hughes, Tim Liardet and others. His work has been broadcast on BBC radio and published in The Rialto (UK). Pettener’s style has been described as ‘urban-contemporary’, mostly in comic narratives that veer between psychological and surreal. He uses everyday language in mostly non-rhyming free verse. Inspiration comes from vastly varied sources, such as his hometown Liverpool, Irishness, cats, chocolate, fruit, Asia and in his latest collection, rock music. In 2016 he moved to Malaysia with his Chinese Malaysian wife, where he works as a freelance writer and proofreader.