Paul Perry is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of several books of poetry and prose. A winner of the Hennessy Prize for Irish Literature, he is a poet, novelist, and screen-writer, and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University College Dublin where he directs the BA in English with Creative Writing. A former Michener Fellow at the University of Miami, Cambor Fellow at the University of Houston, and Vice Chancellor Research Scholar at the University of Ulster, Paul has won numerous awards for his writing including the Listowel Prize for Poetry, and The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. As Karen Perry, he has co-authored, four best-selling novels, published by Penguin, including Girl Unknown.His 5 books of poetry include gunpowder Valentine: New and Selcted Poems. He also teaches on the MA, 7 MFA programmes in Creative Writing at UCD, and supervises at PhD level. He is a member of the RIA Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee.
John McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, County Kerry. He was educated at universities in Galway, Southern Illinois, and Dublin. In 2000 he won the RTE Poet of the Future Award and, in 2002, the Sean Dunne National Poetry Award. He ran the Poetry Now Festival in Dun Laoghaire and established the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award for best collection. He now lives in Manchester, where he co-directs the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and edits The Manchester Review and the poetry digest The Page and is the chief poetry critic at the Irish Times. He regularly writes about contemporary poetry and has read and taught at many festivals and universities around Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere.
He has published three collections with The Gallery Press. His first, A Better Life (2002), was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His second collection Next Door was published in 2007, Of All Places (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) in 2011 and The Way In in May 2015.
Aifric Mac Aodha was born in 1979. Her first collection, Gabháil Syrinx, was published in 2010. She has taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada and has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD. She lives in Dublin where she now works for the Irish-language publisher, An Gúm. Aifric Mac Aodha was the winner of the Oireachtas Prize for Poetry (2017). Foreign News is Aifric Mac Aodha’s first collection with The Gallery Press. With poems in Irish and English she finds a perfect counterpart in David Wheatley.