J.O. Morgan is a Scottish poet. He is the author of six volumes of poetry, each of which is a single, book-length work. The most recent of these, Assurances, explores the RAF’s involvement in the beginnings of the Cold War when the nuclear deterrent, by necessity, was airborne. Assurances has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Prize for Poetry. It is a sister-work to his third book, At Maldon, which re-imagines the historical events known as the Battle of Maldon (991AD), with both works looking at aspects of warfare from a position of defence and what that entails for those who must do the work of defending. His books have at times been shortlisted for the Forward and T.S. Eliot prizes, with his first book winning the Aldeburgh Prize for Poetry in 2009.