Fiona Benson was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, and then St Andrews University, where she completed the MLitt and a PhD in early modern drama. Her pamphlet was ‘Faber New Poets 1’ in the Faber New Poets series, and her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Cape, 2014) received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book, Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019) won the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize. Her third collection Ephemeron is due out from Cape in 2022. She lives in mid-Devon with her husband and their two daughters.


David Constantine has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2020 – Belongings); also two novels and five collections of short stories, the most recent of these being The Dressing-up Box, 2019. His Tea at the Midland (2012) won the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. In 2020 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.


Rachel Long is the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Women of Colour. Her debut poetry collection, My Darling from the Lions (2020), is published by Picador and was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, and the Jhalak Prize. Photo: Amaal Said.