Matthew Sweeney was born in Donegal and lived in Cork. He was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, and received a Cholmondeley Award and an Arts Council Writers’ Award. He was joint second in the National Poetry Competition 2010. He co-edited several poetry anthologies and co-authored, Writing Poetry (Hodder), with John Hartley Williams and co-edited, with Jo Shapcott, the anthology Emergency Kit. My Life As A Painter was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2018 and previous collections include Inquisition Lane, published by Bloodaxe in 2015, Horse Music (winner of the inaugural Piggott Poetry Prize), Black Moon, Sanctuary and The Bridal Suite. His children’s collections include Up on the Roof, The Flying Spring Onion and The Night Post.