Nia Davies was awarded a place on the Academi Gymreig mentoring scheme for writers in 2008. Polaris is her first novel, inspired by Arctic Scandinavia. Her poems have been published in several magazines and anthologies and her first pamphlet will be published by Salt in autumn 2012. Nia also writes non-fiction pieces such as country diary blogs on her website as well as reviews and blogs for New Welsh Review. She has lived in Wales but is currently based in London where she reads her poetry regularly.