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Victoria Kennefick is a poet, writer and teacher based in Co. Kerry. Her first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, is out now from Carcanet Press. ‘Selfie’ is a poem from that collection. Her pamphlet, White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015), won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Poetry News, Prelude, Copper Nickel, The Irish Times, Ambit, bath magg, Banshee and elsewhere. She won the 2013 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize and many of her poems have also been anthologised and broadcast on national radio stations. She was a co-host of the Unlaunched Books Podcast.
Lucia Evans is an Irish-Zimbabwean singer and actor and winner of the 2006 season of the talent show You’re a Star. Evans’s first single, “Bruised Not Broken”, was released on Universal Records and entered the Irish Singles Chart at number five on 20 April 2006. She has appeared on The Late Late Show and has performed alongside numerous musicians to great acclaim, most recently Sharon Shannon at a virtual musical celebration from the National Concert Hall. In 2007, Evans released one of her own penned tracks herself and in June released “The Other Man”; this peaked at number 17 on the Irish Singles Chart. Evans is a trained vocal coach using SLS (Speech Level Singing) Technique which she now teaches as a full-time career, alongside singing and acting. Evans released her debut album, Natural Woman, on 16 October 2009 as an independent artist. In 2013, she began work with the Irish show known as Heartbeat of Home. She is the lead vocalist in the show, also playing a few instruments and joining in some of the dancing.
Luke Morgan is an Irish poet. His debut collection Honest Walls was published by Arlen House in 2016 when he was just 21 years old. His second collection Beast is forthcoming. He was the winner in his category of the inaugural Poetry Ireland/Trócaire Competition and the National Student Poetry Award in 2012. He is also a filmmaker – his films have been shown all over the world at various festivals and won awards at the South African Film Festival, Offline Film Festival and his debut feature film Sooner or Later is available to watch worldwide on Amazon Prime. He has been to Cannes twice with his short films. He lives and works in Galway.