Sinéad Morrissey grew up in Northern Ireland and has served as Belfast’s first Poet Laureate. She has published five collections of poetry to date with a sixth, On Balance, due in May 2017. Her awards include first place in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Through the Square Window‘ (2007), a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007), the T S Eliot Prize (2013), the Irish Times Poetry Prize (2009, 2013) and the E M Forster award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2016). Having worked for over a decade at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast, she has recently taken up a new position as Chair of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She is one of the judges of the 2017 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.