photo: Svetlana Cernenko

Mona Arshi was born in West London where she still lives. She worked as a Human rights lawyer for a decade before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press 2015), won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published by Pavilion Poetry in Spring 2019.



Helen Mort has published two collections with Chatto & Windus, Division Street (2013) and No Map Could Show Them (2016). Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize and she won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2014. Her first novel Black Car Burning was published by Chatto in 2019. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.


photo: Jemima Kuhfeld

Maurice Riordan’s most recent collection of poems is The Water Stealer (Faber, 2013).  Among his previous collections are The Holy Land (2007), Floods (2000) and A Word from the Loki (1995). He edited The Finest Music (Faber, 2014), an anthology of early Irish poetry in translation.  He is a former editor of The Poetry Review and of Poetry London. Currently he teaches at the Faber Academy and is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University.