Dublin-born Tara Bergin’s The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and has just been shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. The highly-anticipated follow-up collection to Bergin’s debut This is Yarrow (winner of the 2014 Seamus Heaney Prize and the Shine/Strong Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Irish Times Poetry Now Award), Eleanor Marx is inspired by the story of pioneering socialist Eleanor Marx’s suicide after discovering her partner had secretly married another woman. In true Bergin-style, the poems draw on folklore, fairytale and theatrical monologue to explore themes of intense love and grief, and also serve as a commentary on the politics of gender and family. Tara is a lecture at the University of Newcastle.