Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) had many other occupations: lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the universities of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press. He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, and cricket blogger. As a poet, Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, following his sudden passing in December 2014.