Patricia McCarthy is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2012. She was born in Cornwall, and brought up mainly in Ireland. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, she lived in Washington D.C., Paris, Bangladesh, Nepal and Mexico. She now lives in East Sussex, where she taught for fifteen years at a famous girls’ school. Her work has won prizes and been widely anthologised. Her recent collections include Rodin’s Shadow (Clutag Press/Agenda Editions, 2012), Horses Between Our Legs (Agenda Editions, 2014 – chosen book of the year in The Independent), Letters to Akhmatova (Agenda Editions, 2016). Shot Silks is due from Waterloo Press and Rockabye from Worple Press in 2017.