Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham to an English mother and a Kashmiri father. In 2014, he was the Wordsworth Trust poet in residence and published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series. He won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem The Word, and was poet in residence at the 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival. Us was published in 2018 and is his first collection. He lives in Hebden Bridge.
Anna is the author of four poetry collections in English: Figure in a Landscape, awarded the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award in 2011; A Secret History of Rhubarb; Punk with Dulcimer and Skating Out of the House. She has twice won the Peterloo Open Poetry competition and in 2005 won a travelling scholarship from the Society of Authors. Anna’s latest collection Not on the Side of the Gods is published by Arc Publications.
Clare Shaw has three poetry collections published by Bloodaxe, including Straight Ahead and Head On. Her third collection Flood was published in June 2018 and offers an eyewitness account of the floods in West Yorkshire in 2012 and 2015. Acting as a powerful metaphor for wider experiences, ‘flood’ runs through the book in different forms – bereavement and trauma, the Savile scandal and life in an asylum. Often addressing political and personal conflict, her poetry is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. She is a regular tutor with the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation, delivering creative writing courses, workshops and mentoring sessions. Clare is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and a mental health educator.