Mary O’Donoghue is from County Clare. Born in 1975, she is a graduate of the Irish Studies programme at NUI Galway. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Books Ireland, The Shop and other journals. She has written for The Sunday Business Post, The Bloomsday Review and aspects of her research into 1890s Irish women’s writing appear in the critical anthology, New Voices in Irish Criticism. She has recently begun to write fiction, and has been published in The Sunday Tribune. In April 2000, Mary O’Donoghue was the recipient of the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award. This collection was the winner of the inaugural Salmon Poetry Publication Prize.