Alex Niven was born in Northumberland in 1984. He is currently writing a D.Phil on the poet Basil Bunting at St John's College, Oxford. A former editor-in-chief of the Oxonian Review, he has also written for the Guardian, openDemocracy, Agenda, and a number of collective blogs in addition to his own blog The Fantastic Hope. His poem "The Beehive" provided the epigraph to Owen Hatherley's 2012 architecture survey A New Kind of Bleak.
In 2006 he co-founded a subsequently moderately hyped indie band, only to quit in 2009 within hours of their first play on The Jo Whiley Show.
Folk Opposition is his first book.