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Cahal Dallat is a poet, musician, critic (b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim), regular BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review contributor since 1998, reviewer for TLS and Guardian among others, founder/organiser of WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project, and Charles Causley Trust Centenary musician/poet-in-residence. Former winner of Ireland’s leading poetry prize, the Strokestown International, his recent awards include the 2017 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize, and a 2018 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship at University of Texas in Austin (supported by CP Snow Memorial Fund). Latest collection The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff); www.cahaldallat.com
Ciarán Hinds was born in Belfast: his television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome and Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones while film has included the lead role in John Banville’s The Sea, and playing opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Upton Sinclair’s There Will Be Blood. As a stage actor his recent appearances include Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, Hamlet with Bendict Cumberbatch at the Barbican, McPherson’s ‘Bob Dylan musical’ The Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, and the role of Hugh O’Donnell in Brian Friel’s Translations at the National.
After five poetry collections including House of Small Absences (Seren, 2015), poet, arts organiser, creative-writing teacher & former Poetry Society chair, Anne-Marie Fyfe, is currently embarked on a unique Arts-Council-funded 18-month teaching/writing/performing tour, The Voyage Out, exploring coastal regions & lives in Britain, Ireland, US & Canada, leading to a new hybrid poetry/prose/travel-writing memoir (due, Seren, Spring 2019). Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Anne-Marie lives in London where she has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997. www.annemariefyfe.com