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Sam Payne is a poet and illustrator based in London, UK. After completing his degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, he published his first poetry collection, this boy is a rainbow, in 2018, which tackles first love, heartbreak, and survival.

His follow-up collection, this boy is a constellation, will be published in 2020 and takes readers on a journey across the stars as he explores life in his early twenties: letting go of the past, finding purpose, challenging expectations, struggling with body image and mental health, dating, and learning to love himself.

In mid-2020, his poem ‘when the world starts spinning again’ was included in Poems for a Pandemic, published by HarperCollins. His work was also included in Instagram Poetry for Every Day, published by Lawrence King.

When he is not writing, he can found in a good coffee shop, eating a slice of red velvet cake. For the latest updates about his work, follow him on Instagram.