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Frank Arm­strong (@frankarm­strong2) earned a de­gree in his­tory in Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin be­fore train­ing to be a bar­ris­ter. He also com­pleted a Masters in Is­lamic So­ci­eties and Cul­tures in SOAS, and trained to be a se­condary school his­tory teacher. Fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing an eter­nal stu­dent, he be­gan writ­ing ar­ti­cles for the Spec­ta­tor, The Lon­don Mag­a­zine, as well as Ir­ish publi­ca­tions in­clud­ing Vil­lage Mag­a­zine, the Dublin Re­view of Books and the Ir­ish Times. Lat­terly, he man­aged a folk band and ran a Dublin venue that com­bined mu­sic with ve­gan food. Cur­rently he di­vides his time be­tween writ­ing and teach­ing. Lana As­four’s jour­nal­ism and es­says have ap­peared in the Times, New States­man, BBC on­line, Al Jazeera English, OpenDemoc­racy, Granta, the New York Re­view of Books blog, Coun­ter­punch, Glam­our, and oth­ers. Be­fore work­ing as a jour­nal­ist in Lon­don and Beirut, she did a doc­tor­ate in English and French Lit­er­a­ture at Ox­ford, spend­ing time as a vis­it­ing re­searcher at the École Nor­male Supérieure in Paris, and taught at the Open Univer­sity and Queen Mary, Lon­don Univer­sity. Her book, Lau­rence Sterne in France (2008) was well re­viewed by the TLS and other jour­nals, and she is one of Granta’s “New Voices” in their Emerg­ing Writ­ers se­ries.

Houman Barekat is a book critic based in Lon­don. His re­views have ap­peared in the Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment, the Spec­ta­tor, Lit­er­ary Re­view, the Ir­ish Times and else­where. He is coed­i­tor (with Robert Barry and David Win­ters) of The Dig­i­tal Critic: Lit­er­ary Cul­ture On­line, forth­com­ing from O/R Books. Jen­nifer Breen is the au­thor of In Her Own Write: Twentieth-Cen­tury Women’s Fic­tion, and co-au­thor of Ro­man­tic Lit­er­a­ture. She edited the two ground-break­ing an­tholo­gies, Women Ro­man­tic Po­ets, 1785-1832 and Women Ro­man­tics, 1785-1832: Writ­ing in Prose. She is also the edi­tor of Wil­fred Owen: Se­lected Po­etry and Prose, reis­sued by Rout­ledge in 2014. Is­abel Gal­ley­more’s de­but pam­phlet is Daz­zle Ship (Wor­ple Press, 2014). Her po­ems have fea­tured widely in jour­nals such as Po­etry and Po­etry Lon­don. This sum­mer she was awarded an Eric Gre­gory Award. She lec­tures at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham. John Green­ing has pub­lished more than a dozen col­lec­tions (no­tably To the War Po­ets, Car­canet, 2013), and sev­eral stud­ies of po­etry and po­ets. His edi­tion of Ed­mund Blun­den’s Un­der­tones of War (OUP) ap­peared in 2015, along with a clas­si­cal mu­sic an­thol­ogy, Ac­com­pa­nied Voices. Fol­low­ing the pam­phlet Ne­ba­mun’s Tomb (Rack Press, 2016), he has this year pub­lished a ma­jor col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pene­lope Shut­tle, Heath (Nine Arches) and is now work­ing on a long poem about Si­belius. TLS re­viewer and Eric Gre­gory judge, John Green­ing’s awards in­clude the Brid­port Prize and a Chol­monde­ley. He is RLF Writ­ing Fel­low at Newn­ham Col­lege. www.john­green­ John Kin­sella’s most re­cent book of po­etry is Drown­ing in Wheat: Se­lected Po­ems (Pi­cador, 2016). His most re­cent book of short sto­ries is Crow’s Breath from the Aus­tralian pub­lisher Tran­sit Lounge (2015). He is a Fel­low of Churchill Col­lege, Cam­bridge Univer­sity, and Pro­fes­sor of Lit­er­a­ture and Sus­tain­abil­ity at Curtin Univer­sity, West­ern Aus­tralia. An­gela Kirby grew up in ru­ral Lan­cashire, but now lives in Lon­don. The au­thor of five books on cook­ing, gar­den­ing and re­lated sub­jects, her po­ems are widely pub­lished and broad­cast. Much of her work has been trans­lated into Ro­ma­nian. In 1996 and 2001 she was the B.B.C.’s Wildlife Poet of the Year. Shoe­string Press pub­lished her four col­lec­tions: Mr. Ir­re­sistible, 2005, Dirty Work, 2008, A Scent of Win­ter, 2013, and The Days Af­ter Al­ways, New and Se­lected Po­ems, 2015. A 5th col­lec­tion is un­der way. Erik Martiny teaches lit­er­a­ture, art and trans­la­tion to Chartes and Khâgne stu­dents at the Ly­cée Henri IV in Paris. His ar­ti­cles on con­tem­po­rary art, fash­ion and lit­er­a­ture have ap­peared in the TLS, Aes­thet­ica, Fjords Re­view and White­wall Mag­a­zine among oth­ers. His first novel The Plea­sures of Queue­ing will ap­pear this spring with C&R Press.

Chris McCabe is the Po­etry Li­brar­ian at South­bank Cen­tre’s Na­tional Po­etry Li­brary and pro­gram­mer for Po­etry In­ter­na­tional. He is also a poet and writer, his most re­cent book be­ing Ceno­taph South: Map­ping the Lost Po­ets of Nun­head Ceme­tery (Penned in the Mar­gins, 2016).

Niall McDe­vitt is the au­thor of three col­lec­tions of po­etry, b/w (Water­loo Press, 2010), Porter­loo (In­ter­na­tional Times, 2013) and Fir­ing Slits, Jerusalem Col­portage (New River Press, 2016). He is also known for his psy­cho­geo­graph­i­cal, psy­chohis­tor­i­cal walks such as The Wil­liam Blake Walk, An Arthur Rim­baud Drift, A Chaucer Lon­don Pil­grim­age, The Kens­ing­ton Mod­ernists, and many oth­ers. As art-ac­tivist he has cam­paigned to save the Rim­baud-Ver­laine house in Morn­ing­ton Cres­cent, and against overde­vel­op­ment of sites near Blake’s burial ground in Bun­hill Fields. In 2016, he per­formed his po­etry in Iraq at the Baby­lon Fes­ti­val. He blogs at po­e­t­o­pog­ra­phy.word­ Thirty-one of Jef­frey Mey­ers’ books have been trans­lated into four­teen lan­guages and seven al­pha­bets, and pub­lished on six con­ti­nents. In 2012 he gave the Sey­mour lec­tures on bi­og­ra­phy at the Na­tional Li­braries of Aus­tralia. He’s re­cently pub­lished Re­mem­ber­ing Iris Mur­doch in 2013, Thomas Mann’s Artist-He­roes in 2014, Robert Low­ell in Love and The Mys­tery of the

Real: Cor­re­spon­dence with Alex Colville in 2016. Ho­ra­tio Mor­purgo helped to cam­paign for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Ma­rine Pro­tected Area in Lyme Bay. He has writ­ten widely about the sea-bed’s re­cov­ery there since 2008. His lat­est book, The Para­doxal Com­pass, places the West Coun­try’s re­la­tion­ship with the sea, and with sci­ence, in a longer his­tor­i­cal con­text.

Michael Nott is a Gov­ern­ment of Ire­land Post­doc­toral Fel­low at Univer­sity Col­lege Cork. His first mono­graph, Pho­topo­etry, 1845-2015: A Crit­i­cal His­tory is forth­com­ing with Blooms­bury in 2018.

Leonard Quart: Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Cin­ema— CUNY and COSI; Con­tribut­ing Edi­tor, Cineaste; co-au­thor of Amer­i­can Film and So­ci­ety Since 1945 (5th Edi­tion (Praeger) will be out in 2018) , and The Films of Mike Leigh (Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press). Writer of in­nu­mer­able es­says and re­views of film and other sub­jects for mag­a­zines like Dis­sent, Film Quar­terly, Lon­don Mag­a­zine, and Lo­gos. Colum­nist for the Berk­shire Ea­gle. Christopher Reid is the au­thor of many books of verse, in­clud­ing The Song of Lunch, Non­sense, Six Bad Po­ets and The Cu­riosi­ties. Ear­lier this year, the ac­tor Robert Bathurst pre­sented A Scat­ter­ing and The Song of Lunch as a the­atri­cal dou­ble bill un­der the ti­tle Love, Loss and Chi­anti. As the tenth an­niver­sary of the loss of his wife Lucinda Gane ap­proaches he has re­turned to el­egy in ten po­ems ad­dressed di­rectly to her in An­niver­say pub­lished by Enithar­mon Press.

Ian­the Ruthven is a pho­tog­ra­pher spe­cial­iz­ing in ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors and land­scapes. Her work has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous books and mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest, Art and

An­tiques, The World of In­te­ri­ors, Coun­try Life and other publi­ca­tions in the United States, Bri­tain and Ja­pan. Her pho­to­graphs and com­pos­ite im­ages have been shown at gal­leries in Bri­tain and France. Her books in­clude The Ir­ish Home (1997) The Scot­tish House (1999) (cowrit­ten with Malise Ruthven) An­i­mal Lon­don (2011) and Hitler’s At­lantic Wall (2014). She lives with Malise in Lon­don. Malise Ruthven has writ­ten sev­eral books, in­clud­ing Tor­ture: the Grand Con­spir­acy (1978)

Is­lam in the World (1984) Fun­da­men­tal­ism – the search for mean­ing (2004) and En­coun­ters with Is­lam (2012). In ad­di­tion to his con­cerns with re­li­gion and pol­i­tics, he has a long-stand­ing in­ter­est in hu­man defe­ca­tion. Hu­man Waste, a full-length doc­u­men­tary on com­post­ing toi­lets he co-pro­duced with film-maker John Blake was broad­cast on Chan­nel Four’s Equinox pro­gramme in 1990; ‘Rev­o­lu­tion by La­trine’ a blog-es­say about the lack of toi­lets in In­dia pub­lished in the New York Re­view of Books, won him an award from the Over­seas Press Club of Amer­ica in April 2011.

James Simp­son is a Jer­wood/Ar­von writ­ing fel­low and was a prizewin­ner in the Thomas Hardy So­ci­ety’s James Gib­son Me­mo­rial Po­etry Com­pe­ti­tion. He has col­lab­o­rated with the artist and print­maker Carolyn Trant on the artist books, Hunt­ing the Wren and The Rhyme of

the Red­dle­man’s Daugh­ter (both Par­venu Press), edi­tions of which now re­side in pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. ‘Heyshott Har­vest’ is taken from their most re­cent artist book col­lab­o­ra­tion Some Light Re­mains.

Charles Spencer was ed­u­cated at Eton Col­lege and ob­tained his de­gree in Mod­ern His­tory at Mag­dalen Col­lege, Ox­ford. He was a reporter on NBC’s Today Show from 1986 un­til 1995, and is the au­thor of four books, in­clud­ing Sun­day Times best­seller Blen­heim: Bat­tle for Europe (short­listed for His­tory Book of the Year at the 2005 Na­tional Book Awards), Prince Ru­pert: The Last Cav­a­lier and Killers of the King.

Will Stone is a poet, es­say­ist and lit­er­ary trans­la­tor. Shears­man Books have re­cently reis­sued his po­etry col­lec­tions in new edi­tions and pub­lished his third The Sleep­walk­ers in March 2016. His trans­la­tions with Arc, Me­nard and Hes­pe­rus in­clude works by Ver­haeren, Ro­den­bach, Trakl, Rilke, Ner­val and Roth. Pushkin Press pub­lished his Ste­fan Zweig Mon­taigne in Au­gust 2015 and Zweig’s 1930’s es­says as Mes­sages from a Lost World in Jan­uary 2016. His

Se­lected Po­ems of Ge­orges Ro­den­bach will be pub­lished by Arc in 2017 and an ex­panded col­lec­tion of the po­etry of Ge­org Trakl by Seag­ull Books in 2017. Will also con­trib­utes to Po­etry

Re­view, The TLS and Apollo mag­a­zine. Will Vi­gar has an un­healthy ob­ses­sion with Bru­tal­ist Ar­chi­tec­ture and rev­els in the beauty of lost causes. He writes po­etry about land, sea and skewed nos­tal­gia and has edited col­lec­tions of both po­etry and comic books. He is cur­rently work­ing on a col­lec­tion of site spe­cific po­ems and plan­ning a month long dérive of the cities of Nor­way. Fiercely North­ern, he lives in Hamp­shire and i s not best pleased about it.

Eoghan Walls is an Ir­ish poet. Ed­u­cated in Wales and Ire­land, he has since lived in Rwanda, Ger­many and Scot­land. He won an Eric Gre­go­ryAward in 2006, and has been short­listed and highly com­mended in many other prizes, in­clud­ing the Manch­ester Po­etry Prize, The Brid­port Prize and the Wig­town In­ter­na­tional Po­etry Prize. His first col­lec­tion, The Salt Har­vest (Seren 2011) was short­listed for the Ru­pert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Col­lec­tion. Cur­rently he lives in Lan­caster with his wife and daugh­ters, where he lec­tures Cre­ative Writ­ing at Lan­caster Univer­sity. Re­becca Wat­son is a free­lance re­viewer and writer. Her portfolio in­cludes The Sun­day Times,

The Tele­graph, Metro, Times Lit­er­ary Sup­ple­ment and TES. She is an Edi­to­rial As­sis­tant at the Fi­nan­cial Times and As­sis­tant Edi­tor at Re­view 31.

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