Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Liz works as a tutor for organisations including the Arvon Foundation, Writing West Midlands and Writers’ Centre Norwich.
Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh, grew up in Sheffield and read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her first collection Public Dream (Picador) was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her second collection Disinformation (Picador 2015) was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Times Literary Supplement called it ‘poetry of a rare seriousness and excellence.’
Eileen Pun was born in New York and now lives in Grasmere, Cumbria where she works as a freelance writer, poet and artist. She is a former literature intern at The Wordsworth Trust and has worked in publishing at Carcanet Press, and The New World Press in Beijing.
Eileen is a recipient of the UK Northern Writer’s Award and received a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship (LUTSF) to China in support of her interdisciplinary work in movement and poetry, and was invited to the inaugural Sun Yat-Sen University International Writers’ Residency.