After writing a DPhil thesis on eighteenth-century poetry at Balliol College, Oxford, Paul Williamson taught for the British Council and then lectured in English at the University of Vienna. Now in London, he has published widely on literature, art history and music. His recent work includes articles on the musicologist Richard Taruskin and Britten’s War Requiem, as well as Ekphrasis, a book in blank verse about the sculpture of Richard Serra (b.1939). Among his other poetry is An Etruscan Acrobat, a little book that tells the tale of an artist’s evening walk through the streets of Rome. For Festival O/Modernt 2015 Paul edited The New Potato Eaters, a collection of essays and miscellaneous surprises focusing on Van Gogh’s Nuenen period (1883–5), and co-authored Twofold (with Simone Kotva), an illustrated anthology of prose and verse. Paul’s many texts for music include Panathenaia (with music by Thomas Hewitt Jones), commissioned by Hugo Ticciati, a 45-minute cantata on classical Greek themes that received its UK premiere in the British Museum in June 2015.