Brian Dillon is UK editor of Cabinet and Tutor in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art. He is editor of Ruins (MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery, 2011) and author of Sanctuary (Sternberg Press, 2011) and I Am Sitting in a Room (Cabinet, 2011). His book Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (Penguin, 2009), published in the US as The Hypochondriacs (Faber and Faber, 2010), was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. His first book, In the Dark Room (Penguin, 2005), won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction. Dillon writes regularly for Artforum, frieze, Art Review, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the Wire. A collection of his essays,Culture and Curiosity, will be published by Sternberg Press in 2012. He is working on Blown All to Nothing, the story of an explosion at a gunpowder works in Kent in 1916. Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969 and lives in Canterbury, Kent.