Leanne O'Sullivan, from West Cork, is still in her twenties but has already won most of Ireland's main poetry competitions. Her first collection of poems Waiting for my Clothes (Bloodaxe 2004), traces a deeply personal journey. Her latest collection is Cailleach: The Hag of Béara (Bloodaxe 2009).
Roderick Ford’s collection, The Shoreline of Falling, was shortlisted for a Glen Dimplex award for the best first book in Britain and Ireland. He won the Listowel poetry collection and single poem prizes, and also the Francis Ledwidge Award. His second collection, The Green Crown, was published in 2009.