Michael Swan works in English language teaching and applied linguistics. His poems are published widely, and have won prizes, including The Times Stephen Spender competition for his translated version of Rilke’s Orpheus, Eurydike, Hermes. His first collection was When They Come For You (Frogmore Press 2003) and his second The Shapes of Things (Oversteps Books 2011). He won the Poetry Society's 2010 Stanza Poetry Competition.
Chris O’Carroll is a writer, actor, and stand-up comedian. His poems have appeared in Angle, Light (where he has been the featured poet), Literary Review, The Spectator, and The Rotary Dial, among other print and online journals, and in such anthologies as The Best of the Barefoot Muse and Poems for a Liminal Age (published in support of Doctors Without Borders).